Avaya Honors Verizon Business as 2007 AlliancePartner of the Year



    Award based on revenue growth, performance and commitment to the sale of
    Avaya products and services

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 25 /CNW/ -- Avaya Inc. (NYSE:   AV), a leading
global provider of business communications applications, systems and services,
today announced that Verizon Business has been named the company's 2007
AlliancePartner of the Year based on revenue growth, performance and
commitment to the sale of Avaya products and services.
    One of three operating units of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:   VZ),
Verizon Business delivers advanced Internet protocol (IP), data, voice and
managed solutions to businesses and government agencies around the globe. The
organization has more than 32,000 employees and offices in 75 countries across
six continents.
    "During 2007, Verizon Business fully integrated the Avaya portfolio into
its own ordering systems and invested in a solid team of solutions architects
who are experienced in our technology," said Dave Johnson, senior vice
president, Global Alliances and Channel Development, Avaya. "That investment
has paid off in significant, double-digit growth in the sale of Avaya products
and services, as well as in superior satisfaction ratings from customers."
    The Avaya AlliancePartner Program promotes strategic relationships with
world-class systems integrators and technology partners like Verizon Business
who complement Avaya's own strengths in IP telephony, contact centers,
mobility, messaging and services.
    In addition to its Gold membership in the Avaya AlliancePartner Program,
Verizon Business is a Platinum member of the Avaya DevConnect program -- an
initiative to promote the development, compliance-testing and co-marketing of
innovative solutions that are compatible with standards-based Avaya
technologies. The company has successfully compliance-tested its session
initiation protocol (SIP) trunking services for interoperability with Avaya
SIP Enablement Services.
    The 2007 AlliancePartner of the Year award was presented to Verizon
Business during Avaya's recent Global Sales Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

    About Avaya

    Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies
transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1
million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE
500(R), use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact
Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services
provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For
more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.

    About Verizon Business

    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ), is a
leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT)
solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining
unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and
other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative
and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. For more
information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations, Deb Kline, +1-908-953-6179,
klined@avaya.com, or Investor Relations, Matt Booher, +1-908-953-7500,
mbooher@avaya.com, both of Avaya Inc.; Web Site: http://www.avaya.com,
http://www.verizonbusiness.com

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