Cbeyond Adds Avant Communications as a Master Agent

ATLANTA (August 8, 2012) Cbeyond (NASDAQ: CBEY), the technology ally for more than 60,000 small and mid-sized businesses, today announced a partnership with Avant Communications, a leading telecommunications consultant, making Avant the newest addition to the Cbeyond Master Agent Program.

Avant Communications offers a neutral, consolidated approach to helping businesses find the right telecommunications provider. Drawing from relationships with more than 60 carriers and 400 data centers worldwide, Avant consults with businesses and providers to come up with highly strategic technology solutions.

“Avant Communications is unique from other master agents.  They focus on next generation services and cutting-edge providers that empower customers and partners to be technology leaders within their industry,” said Melanie Sunahara, director of partner sales at Cbeyond. “They have strategic partnerships with Value-Added Resellers allowing us to go through the market faster.”

As a Cbeyond Master Agent, Avant can now access Cbeyond's all-inclusive array of IT and communications solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, including cloud services, voice, broadband, mobile, messaging, security and marketing solutions.

“I am continually impressed with Cbeyond’s agent support and product portfolio,” said Ian Kieninger, president of Avant Communications. “I look forward to Avant and Cbeyond working together to leverage the industry expertise that both companies provide. I believe this partnership will prove advantageous to us both.”

Cbeyond's Channel Partner Program offers Master Agents the best training in the industry through live and virtual learning opportunities on the latest technology, such as cloud services. Additional benefits of Cbeyond's Channel Program include a one-time, upfront honorarium for every new customer, and simple plans with bundled offerings delivered with world-class support.

To learn more about Cbeyond's suite of small and medium sized business IT and communication solutions, visit www.cbeyond.net. To view a social media version of this press release, click here.

About Cbeyond
Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) is the technology ally for small and mid-sized business. Our private, proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers. Since 1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and service innovation. We were the first company to build an IP network specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our expanded portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage infrastructure. Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA. It’s why more than a third of our 60,000+ customers come from referrals. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

About Avant Communications
Avant Communications’ goal is to help companies navigate the global telecom marketplace. We recognize that most customers are far too busy to worry about carrier complexities and layers. Our mission is to facilitate telecommunications process by streamlining the scorecard process as well as leveraging relationships to secure aggressive pricing. Avant is a non-fee based consultant that assists with WAN design, custom fiber design, high speed transport, Cloud Computing, Collocation, Managed Hosting, International Services, global IP access, content delivery methods (CDN), traditional voice, VoIP, contract negotiations, accurate billing, and continual customer support far beyond what most of its clients have received from carriers in the past. For more information about Avant, visit http://avantcommunications.net/.


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