Verizon Business Expands Sandvik's Managed Global IP Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Sandvik, a global high-tech engineering group, has selected Verizon Business to expand a Managed Private IP network reaching Sandvik's 41,000 employees at 250 sites in 130 countries across Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe and South Africa.

Sandvik, which is headquartered in Sandviken, Sweden, and grew significantly in the last financial year, needed to expand its global network and add new applications to meet increased business demands. Verizon Business was selected to manage a substantial part of Sandvik's data communication network.

Andrew Granger, infrastructure manager, Sandvik IT, said: "We have developed a strong working relationship with Verizon Business since we began working together in 2003.  The network plays such a crucial role in Sandvik's real-time infrastructure. We already receive excellent network service from Verizon Business, and, due to the company's truly global infrastructure, we will be able to move forward and expand our network with peace of mind in terms of the company's support capabilities."

Verizon Business will manage Sandvik's central hubs in North America, Sweden and Singapore, which host and support local and global business-critical applications.  Each region demands a very high level of network availability and security.

John Irvine, vice president of international marketing, Verizon Business, said: "Sandvik is a dynamic, fast-growing company. Having already built a strong relationship, we understood the requirements of its increasingly complex network and felt confident we could support the company as it expanded. Verizon Business was able to simplify network management; dramatically increase bandwidth; and also provide the support, flexibility and in-depth knowledge required to support Sandvik through all of its emerging and established markets."

Sandvik Group
Sandvik is a global industrial group with advanced products and world-leading positions in selected areas - tools for metal cutting, machinery and tools for rock excavation, stainless materials, special alloys, metallic and ceramic resistance materials as well as process systems and sorting systems. The Group has 41,000 employees and representation in 130 countries, with annual sales of approximately SEK 63,000 M.

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.