8x8 Named Polycom Partner of the Year

Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:15am EST

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Polycom recognizes 8x8 as 2012 North America Service Provider of the Year
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), provider of cloud-based business phone service and
unified communications, today announced that Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the
global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration
(UC&C), has named the company "2012 North America Service Provider of the Year."
8x8 received the award at TEAM Polycom 2013, the company`s annual sales and
partner conference, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, February 4-7, 2013. 

The Polycom Partner Awards recognize global partners whose achievements impact
Polycom's business on a worldwide basis, theater awards for each of the
company's five operating regions, and country awards to partners that primarily
do business within a single country. In addition to awards recognizing leaders
in each key category, Polycom also recognizes partners with Excellence Awards in
Services, Innovation, Integration, and Industry Focus. 8x8 was honored for
improved business performance in 2012 in addition to innovative customer focus,
and exceptional sales and marketing engagement with Polycom. 

"At the heart of our partnership with Polycom is a mutual commitment to
technological innovation, outstanding service quality and an unparalleled user
experience, evidenced by the growth we`ve enjoyed in 2012 and the high
satisfaction ratings we are given by our customers," said 8x8 Chairman & CEO
Bryan Martin. "We are honored to be named one of Polycom`s key partners for 2012
and look forward to continuing to push the envelope in the development and
provisioning of industry-leading unified communications solutions." 

"In an ever-changing, rapidly growing market, it`s critical to have partners
like 8x8 who can help us meet our customer`s complete business needs with
transformative solutions and tailored unified communications and collaboration
offerings that enable people to work and collaborate better," said Ron Myers,
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels, Polycom. "We congratulate 8x8 for
their continued excellence in the service provider category." 

Along with 8x8 Virtual Office voice, video, call center and mobile services, 8x8
offers a complete set of high-definition (HD) voice Polycom IP phones,
speakerphones and business media phones that combine HD voice with a
high-quality video communications experience. All 8x8/Polycom endpoint devices
offer true "plug and play" functionality over standard broadband Internet

8x8 is part of the Polycom Partner Network. The nearly 7,000 Polycom Partner
Network members embrace and extend Polycom's open standards-based video
collaboration solutions to deliver comprehensive UC&C solutions for the
enterprise, as well as applications to support a growing number of use cases
across vertical industries such as healthcare, education, government,
manufacturing, financial services, media and entertainment. As part of the
Polycom Partner Network, technology providers, ISVs, solution advisors,
integrators, service providers, and other companies can work with Polycom and
each other to deliver tailored solutions for the multi-faceted needs of today`s

About 8x8, Inc.

8x8 Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) empowers business conversations for more than 30,000
small and medium sized businesses with cloud communications services that
include VoIP business phone service, unified communications, call center and
video conferencing solutions. In 2012, the company was recognized in the
"Leaders" quadrant of Gartner`s 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications
as a Service and was named No. 1 Provider of Hosted IP Telephony by Frost &
Sullivan. 8x8 has been delivering business communications services since 2004
and has garnered a reputation for technical excellence and outstanding
reliability. For additional information, visit www.8x8.com, or connect with 8x8
on Facebook and Twitter. 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

8x8, Inc.
Joan Citelli, 408-654-0970

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