Verizon Business Extends Benefits of Converged Packet Architecture to Europe and Asia-Pacific Region

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business is extending the benefits of Converged Packet Architecture (CPA) into Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. CPA converges all services, whether IP or traditional data, onto one common network-access interface, allowing customers to more easily and efficiently scale bandwidth or make other adaptations.

"Our Converged Packet Architecture has allowed us to meet the growing demands of our large-business customers in the United States, and we now have the opportunity to bring its benefits to our customers in other parts of the world," said Fred Briggs, Verizon Business executive vice president of operations and technology. "CPA provides the speed, scalability and operating efficiencies large-business customers need to quickly adapt to changing business requirements."

In Europe, where numerous multinational companies have operations, Verizon Business will deploy CPA in 19 key cities this year, including large financial and business centers such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Dublin, Madrid, Brussels and Zurich. In the Asia-Pacific region, Verizon Business is deploying CPA in five locations this year: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

Verizon Business also continues its aggressive CPA deployment in the United States, bringing to 46 the number of U.S. cities that will have CPA by the end of 2007. New additions include New Orleans, Orlando, Memphis, Nashville, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids.

CPA supports a full range of legacy and next-generation services including IP, Private IP, Ethernet, private line data, voice traffic, Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS).  It provides a single packet-access connection via an Ethernet interface at speeds up to GigE. CPA is also the ideal network platform to allow customers to migrate from the older time division multiplexing (TDM) hierarchy to a packet-based technology.

Traditionally, network access requires separate lines for each service - voice, video, data or Internet - along with rigid bandwidth boundaries. By contrast, CPA relies on virtual, or logical, connections that converge all applications on a single carrier-class packet access network. As a result, CPA improves operating efficiency and reduces the number of network touch points.

"Simply put, CPA is compatible with all forms of access over any physical connection," said Briggs. "The customer benefits from robust flow-through automation, broad global coverage, improved network performance and excellent quality of service. It's a winning combination."

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.