Verizon Business Recognized as a Leader in Domestic North American Managed MPLS Services

    Independent Research Firm Rates Verizon First Among U.S. Providers in
Service Breadth, Network Performance, Market Strategy

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Forrester Research has
recognized Verizon Business as a leading U.S. provider of managed multi
protocol label switching (MPLS) services.

    In its October 2008 report, "The Forrester Wave(TM):  Domestic North
American Managed MPLS Services, Q4 2008," the firm states that among U.S.
providers Verizon Business is "the overall leader," based in part on the
company's strong placement in strategy.  The report also states that: "Among
U.S. providers, Verizon Business is first in service breadth, network
performance, managed services definitions, and overall managed MPLS customer

    Verizon Private IP, the company's flagship wide-area networking service,
is an MPLS-based network-based virtual private network (VPN).  Available as a
managed or unmanaged offering, the company's fastest-growing service provides
large-business and government customers with a private, secure Internet
protocol (IP) foundation to deliver voice over Internet protocol,
collaboration and business applications to users around the globe.  Verizon
Private IP offers integrated performance and traffic-management capabilities
to provide high performance, reliability and flexibility.

    "This Forrester report underscores Verizon Business' investment in
developing Verizon Private IP and IMPACT, our comprehensive network management
platform," said Mike Marcellin, vice president - global product marketing,
Verizon Business.  "This flexible global offering enables our customers to
rest easy knowing their critical network infrastructure is managed by an IP
networking leader - one that combines leading technology, knowledgeable people
and proven processes."

    The report evaluated three Canadian and seven U.S. service providers,
using approximately 48 criteria grouped into three high-level categories -
current offering, strategy and market presence.  The evaluations were
conducted after examining past research, assessing user needs, and
interviewing service providers and customers.

    About Verizon Business
    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ), operates
the world's most connected public IP network and uses its industry-leading
global-network capabilities to offer large-business and government customers
an unmatched combination of security, reliability and speed.  The company
integrates advanced IP communications and information technology (IT) products
and services to deliver leading enterprise solutions including managed
services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services.  These
solutions power innovation and enable the company's customers to do business
better. For more information, visit

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