Carlsberg Selects Verizon to Manage IT Communications Operations

Global brewer Carlsberg has selected Verizon Business as its new network operations partner for Carlsberg's European operations.

Under a new, four-year agreement, Verizon Business is delivering an integrated IT networking solution, supported by comprehensive managed services and security offerings, across 20 countries in Europe.  The Verizon solution consolidates Carlsberg's European IT services onto a fully managed, advanced corporate network, and encompasses wide- and local-area networks, Internet connectivity, data and security.

Carlsberg chose Verizon Business as its information technology partner because Verizon's global reach, standard solutions portfolio and professional approach had the best fit with Carlsberg's requirements. 

Verizon is also providing Carlsberg with a single-touch account team, which consolidates all aspects of network management. The model leverages Verizon's experience in managing local and global networks and relationships, providing a seamless IT infrastructure that can be quickly scaled as Carlsberg's business needs dictate.

"We felt that a centralized, outsourced network model was the right way forward for our business in Europe," said Kenneth Egelund Schmidt, Carlsberg's CIO. "In Verizon, we have chosen a global provider for whom network services are a core competence."

About Carlsberg
The Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. The flagship brand - Carlsberg - is one of the best-known beer brands in the world and the Baltika, Carlsberg, and Tuborg brands are among the six biggest brands in Europe. More than 43,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group, and its products are sold in more than 150 markets. In 2009, the Carlsberg Group sold more than 135 million hectolitres of beer, which is about 40 billion bottles of beer annually.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions.  We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.