Verizon Business Deepens Private IP Global Footprint; Boosts Service Commitments and Capabilities



    Companies Can Further Rely on Verizon Business' Fastest-Growing Service
    for Network Resiliency, Greater Application Control and Flexibility

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, March 21 /CNW/ - Verizon Business is enhancing and
deepening its already expansive Private IP global footprint to meet the global
and in-region networking communications requirements of large multinational
businesses. With more concentrated in-country coverage, enhanced service-level
agreements, improved reporting capabilities and a sixth class of service,
Verizon Business's Private IP service (Layer 3 MPLS based Virtual Private
Network) provides customers with more flexibility and control over their
networks.
    "Private IP is the foundation for Verizon Business' portfolio of next-
generation products and services," said Mike Marcellin, vice president of
product marketing with Verizon Business. "We continue to bolster Private IP's
presence and capabilities to help ensure that converged voice, data and video
applications move across global corporate networks with the speed, performance
and reliability customers demand."

    
                Network Resiliency After the Taiwan Earthquake
    

    A prime example of the reliability of Verizon Business' Private IP
network is the December 2006 earthquake off the coast of Taiwan, which
severely disrupted communications across East Asia and put Verizon Business'
network resiliency to the test.  With eight undersea cables damaged by the 7.1
magnitude earthquake, the company's expertise, creativity and round-the-clock
commitment to customer service ensured there was virtually no downtime on
Verizon Business' Private IP network across six continents.
    "This was the most extensive submarine cable outage ever experienced,"
said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon
Business.  "Eight cables were cut in 22 locations, and most of these cables
were out of commission on some segments of their routes for an extended period
of time."
    In a globally connected world, such a disaster has far-reaching
ramifications.  Major voice and data routes to Asia were affected.  The
earthquake knocked out voice and data traffic to Taiwan, and the major
business center of Hong Kong was also hard hit.  With Verizon Business'
physical and professional assets around the globe, the company was able to
maintain full network connectivity on its Private IP network.

    
                          Expanded Global Footprint
    

    Exemplifying Verizon's commitment to bring networking closer to its
customers, Verizon Business Private IP continues to enter more countries and
expand its in-country presence in key emerging business centers.  The service
is now available to customers in 121 countries and territories.  Recent key
node installations, enabling richer coverage, include Malaysia, Thailand,
Slovakia, the Russian Federation, Turkey, South Africa, Kuwait, the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), Vietnam and Slovenia.  In countries that already have
Private IP, new nodes include Barcelona, Spain; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Calgary
[province of Alberta], Canada; and the Australian cities of Perth, Brisbane,
Canberra and Adelaide.

    
                  Enhanced Application Aware Reporting Tools
    

    To provide Private IP customers more control and greater visibility into
network performance, Verizon Business has made enhancements to its Application
Aware reporting capabilities, including increased customization of network and
application performance reporting tools, and extended international
availability. All Private IP customers now have the ability to generate
customized ad hoc reports, save them as templates and schedule these reports
to run automatically.  Further, network managers have the ability to group
network points of interest for customized reporting and monitoring.  In
addition, a new systems test feature is available to check polling success
rates, allowing customers automatic confirmation that their router is properly
set up for SNMP (simple network management protocol) polling.

    
                      Enhanced Service Level Agreements
    

    Verizon Business, a recognized leader delivering world-class service
level agreements, has introduced an enhanced Time to Repair (TTR) SLA for all
Private IP customers.  This enhanced SLA is based on the amount of time taken
to restore service during an outage, rather than the average or Mean Time to
Repair (MTTR) service outages. This enhanced SLA sets a new service standard
of performance commitment for Private IP networks.
    In addition, Verizon Business now offers an improved network transit
delay SLA that uses city-to-city based latency metrics instead of the previous
country averages for all non-U.S. locations.  Also, a new Site Availability-
Dual Port SLA is now offered for customers that utilize the Disaster Recovery
Port feature with Router Diversity and redundant local access. And, customers
providing their own local access can now take advantage of certain Verizon
Business SLAs.
    "Enterprises are demanding more and more from their service providers,
including better global coverage for their MPLS networks and tighter service
level agreements," said Jan Dawson, vice president of Ovum's U.S. Enterprise
practice.  "Companies doing business globally need to have a provider they can
rely on in all of the places where they do business."
    Verizon Business' Private IP service, an optimal platform for converged
services, now allows for prioritization of applications via six classes of
service (CoS).  An organization can customize prioritization to ensure that
business-critical applications receive a higher priority across the
organization's network.  Real time CoS makes Private IP ideal for carrying
latency-sensitive traffic such as VoIP and Digital Video.
    Verizon Business is a recognized leader delivering IP services for
business customers around the world.  The company announced separately
Wednesday (March 21) that it has been awarded the 2006 Frost & Sullivan
Product Line Strategy Award for Enterprise WAN (wide area networking)
services.  Verizon Business was recognized for its ability to introduce new
WAN products that are strategically positioned to balance its already robust
overall product line.  The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy is
presented each year to a company that has demonstrated the most insight into
customer needs and product demands.

    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 technology and professional
service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless
business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit
www.verizonbusiness.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Maria Montenegro of Verizon Business, 
+1-703-886-6063, or Maria.montenegro@verizon.com Web Site:
http://www.verizon.com, http://www.verizonbusiness.com,
http://www.verizon.com/news

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