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Washington Trust Bank Selects tw telecom to Provide Advanced Data Services
Feb 11, 2010 (04:02 PM EST)


- Multi-year contract for IP VPN services will connect 41 Washington Trust Bank branches in four states to its technology support centers

SPOKANE, Wash, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), a leading provider of managed voice, Internet and data networking solutions for businesses in Spokane and throughout the U.S., today announced that Washington Trust Bank has selected the company to provide IP VPN services to connect the bank's 41 branches and offices in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Utah with its technology support centers.

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"It's essential for us to continually analyze our information technology systems for areas of improvement in order to meet the dynamic needs of our business," said Chris Green, VP/Director, IT Infrastructure Systems at Washington Trust Bank. "We considered a number of service providers to support our wide area networking requirements and we were extremely impressed with how tw telecom approached our situation. They examined everything from our projected geographic footprint growth to our current and forecasted network usage to develop a custom solution that exactly met our needs."

Washington Trust Bank is the oldest and largest privately owned commercial bank in the Pacific Northwest. Its assets exceed $4 billion, and it employs nearly 750 people in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. The new IP VPN services from tw telecom will allow Washington Trust Bank to transmit transactional and other data more efficiently and securely between its branches and its headquarters location in Spokane.

"For more than a century, Washington Trust Bank has thrived by exceeding the expectations of its customers and allowing local employees to make decisions that affect the local customers," said Tom Newbury, vice president and general manager of tw telecom in Spokane. "We are pleased the tw telecom services will ensure that Washington Trust Bank continues to deliver a superior customer experience."

tw telecom connects more commercial buildings to its fiber network than any other competitive communications provider.  In fact, it has the third highest market share of retail Ethernet ports in service. With its own metro fiber networks and one of the ten most interconnected IP backbones in the world, tw telecom has the national capability, robust product portfolio and national/local customer care teams to support mission critical enterprise applications and to deliver the industry's most sought after customer experience.

About tw telecom

tw telecom holdings inc., a unit of tw telecom inc., headquartered in Littleton, Colo., provides managed network services, specializing in Ethernet and transport data networking, Internet access, local and long distance voice, VoIP, VPN and security, to enterprise organizations and communications services companies throughout the U.S., and globally.  As a leading provider of integrated and converged network solutions, tw telecom delivers customers overall economic value, quality, service, and improved business productivity. Please visit www.twtelecom.com for more information.

About Washington Trust Bank

Four generations of wise, practical leadership have led Washington Trust Bank to be the oldest and largest privately owned commercial bank in the Pacific Northwest. Our assets exceed $4 billion, and we currently have 41 financial centers and offices in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Utah, and nearly 750 employees. For more information, please visit www.watrust.com.

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