Telephone And Data Systems Acquires MSN Communications, Inc.

Solutions Provider transaction expands portfolio of TDS Hosted & Managed Services

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CHICAGO, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) parent company to TDS Telecommunications Corp., today announced the acquisition of MSN Communications, Inc., headquartered in Englewood, Colo., for a purchase price of $40 million. MSN Communications generated annual revenues of $99 million in 2012. The acquisition amplifies TDS' deep IT Solutions Provider capabilities and strong customer relationships in the portfolio of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortune 500® company Telephone and Data Systems.

"I believe this is the right time and the right company for MSN Communications to join forces with," said Doug Schuck, CEO of MSN Communications. "It's a tremendous moment in our company's twenty-year history. I'm proud of our employees for building a company that is now part of a Fortune 500 organization."

MSN Communications, through its team of 104 employees, offers a comprehensive suite of products and services, including: planning, engineering, procurement, installation, and management of IT infrastructure hardware solutions from world-class Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The breadth and depth of technical certifications held by team members has allowed MSN Communications to achieve the highest level partner status with its vendors, including: Cisco, EMC, VMware, VCE, Appspace, NetApp, and F5.

President of TDS HMS, Phil LaForge, stated, "Doug Schuck and the MSN Communications employees have built an IT services powerhouse acting as a trusted advisor to companies throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. By joining forces with TDS HMS, MSN Communications is adding colocation and cloud services to their already robust services catalog. This means customers have even more choice and flexibility in the delivery of their mission-critical IT."

TDS HMS also announced it will construct a Tier 3 data center in Douglas County, located southeast of the Denver metro area. The company expects to break ground on the facility early next year. The multi-phase project will accommodate rapid customer expansion with five phases of buildout covering up to 100,000 square feet. Engineering will mirror TDS HMS data center facilities in the Midwest. ReliaCloud™ will be deployed in the data center to provide a local cloud solution, along with colocation services.

MSN Communications has grown its service offerings beyond its Value Added Reseller (VAR) roots to include hosted and managed IT services that complement the TDS HMS portfolio of products. In February, MSN Communications was named to CRN's 2013 List of Tech Elite 250 and in 2012 it was recognized by the UBM Channel as part of CRN's Solution Provider 500 list (formerly known as the VAR 500).

During the last three years, Telephone and Data Systems has made multiple strategic acquisitions to position TDS HMS in the fast-growing hosted and managed services arena. TDS HMS added Vital Support Systems, LLC in June 2012; ERP leader OneNeck® IT Services Corporation in June 2011; VISI Incorporated in March 2010; and TEAM Technologies, LLC in Dec. 2010 to build its portfolio of Tier 3 data centers and enterprise-grade managed services.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. maintains management responsibility for the operations of TDS HMS, which now includes MSN Communications.

For more information, contact:

Jane McCahon, Vice President - Corporate Relations, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., 312-592-5379, jane.mccahon@teldta.com

DeAnne Boegli, National Communications Manager, TDS Telecommunications Corp., 608-664-4428, deanne.boegli@tdstelecom.com

About Telephone and Data Systems
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S. Cellular and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 10,700 people as of June 30, 2013. For investment information, visit teldta.com.

About TDS Telecommunications Corp.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the seventh-largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and more than 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet, and hosted-managed services. Recently, the company purchased Baja Broadband, the seventh-largest cable company in the U.S. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

About TDS Hosted & Managed Services
TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS), which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn. and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.

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