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Consolidated Communications Enhances Managed Services Suite

Consolidated Communications | December 28, 2021

Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) a leading broadband and business communications provider, has completed a range of enhancements to their Managed IT Services suite, delivering even more value and a better experience for businesses.n recent months, Consolidated has added new functionality and white glove support to bolster its robust Managed IT Services offering, including Microsoft 365, Managed Desktop Network & Server, Managed Mobile, and Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery. These enhancements deliver 24/7 expert customer service, and the tools and knowledge that come with decades of experience, including: support for desktops, servers, network gear and mobile devices. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services are built to support and operate in regulated and compliant environments, for businesses of all sizes.

“Every business is trying to increase productivity and efficiency, and that’s exactly what we’re offering, Consolidated’s Managed IT Services provide a truly outstanding customer service experience that is reliable, affordable, and allows companies to focus on growth and meeting their business objectives and obligations to their customers.”

-Travis Graham, vice president of commercial product for Consolidated

The newly enhanced Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery provide customers with the best way to protect their businesses in the cloud, avoid costly downtime, reduce IT costs and restore from anywhere. In the wake of 2021’s extreme weather including wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes, disaster recovery is critical for businesses of every size. Acronis was recognized by industry experts at Gartner, Inc. as Visionary1 in their Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions.

As a full-service Managed IT Services provider, Consolidated’s enhanced offerings provide a complete wrap-around suite to SD-WAN, Cloud Secure and the award-winning ProConnect Unified Communications.

About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the latest reliable communications solutions. Consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers depend on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, phone, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. fiber provider, turning technology into solutions that are backed by exceptional customer support. Learn more at consolidated.com. Connect with us on social media.

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Digital Catapult would like to thank companies in the 5G Manufacturing Working Group for their contribution to the research for this paper. The Working Group’s objective is to identify the role of 5G and use cases in the digitalisation of the manufacturing sector in the UK.


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Cambium Networks | July 07, 2022

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ExteNet Systems Energizes Home of the San Antonio Spurs with First Private Wireless Network for Fans

ExteNet Systems | July 18, 2022

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Omdia Releases White Paper on the Enduring Value of IP + Optical

Omdia | July 06, 2022

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EarthCam Selects Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G for World’s First Multi-Network 5G Camera System

Sierra Wireless | June 22, 2022

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Digital Catapult would like to thank companies in the 5G Manufacturing Working Group for their contribution to the research for this paper. The Working Group’s objective is to identify the role of 5G and use cases in the digitalisation of the manufacturing sector in the UK.

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