June 16, 2008

EMBARQ Logistics(TM) Wins TEC’s Bay Springs Telephone Company Contract

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TEC, the holding company for numerous telecoms, awarded EMBARQ Logistics(TM) a contract to help its Bay Springs Telephone Company make improvements to its network. Bay Springs Telephone is located in Bay Springs, Miss. With this upgrade, Bay Spring Telephone will be positioned to support the bandwidth demands placed on it by its customers with an advanced Ethernet/IP infrastructure.

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"We are excited about working with EMBARQ Logistics(TM) because they brought us a solution that dramatically reduces the time to make the upgrades, cuts costs and mitigates service outages," said Brent Fisher, director of local exchange carrier operations for TEC. "The benefits are a tremendous advantage and become even more important for small telecoms like Bay Springs."

Instead of installing completely new cabinets, cables and other equipment which can take several months, EMBARQ Logistics(TM) recommended retrofitting the current equipment by switching service to a temporary cabinet at each location, updating the permanent cabinets and then switching service back over to the updated equipment. What would normally take six months to do at one site will only take three days, saving time and effort.

"TEC's trust in EMBARQ Logistics(TM) for this job underscores our technical expertise, the breadth of our portfolio of services and the rich relationships we have with manufacturers who provide best-in-class, quality products," said Desi O'Grady, director of RBOC Sales at EMBARQ Logistics(TM). "This work shows what can be accomplished when you bring the right partners to the table."

TEC and EMBARQ Logistics(TM) are working with ADTRAN, a leading provider of networking and communications equipment, for the upgrade, using the manufacturer's Total Access 5000 multi-service access and aggregation platform.

"We are very pleased to work with EMBARQ Logistics(TM) and TEC on the upgrade of Bay Springs and the other TEC companies' properties by using the Total Access 5000," said P. Steven Locke, vice president of Service Provider Sales at ADTRAN. "This upgrade entails voice, data and video and is using EMBARQ Logistics(TM) EF&I/AWT/retrofit services."

About EMBARQ Logistics(TM)

EMBARQ Logistics(TM), a subsidiary of EMBARQ Corporation, is a supply chain integrator serving network service providers, manufacturers and contractors throughout North America. With a nationwide workforce including experts in logistics; engineering, integration and deployment; and telecommunications equipment, EMBARQ Logistics(TM) offers supply chain solutions recognized for their innovation, effectiveness, and efficiency.

EMBARQ Logistics(TM)' network, comprised of best-in-class IT systems and strategically located distribution centers, provides customers a highly reliable infrastructure to meet a wide variety of supply chain needs. For more information, visit embarqlogistics.com.


Embarq Corporation , headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. The company has approximately 18,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the S&P 500 and is in the Fortune 500(R) list of America's largest corporations.

For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.

For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.

For more information, visit embarq.com.

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