Verizon Business Introduces Next-Generation Optical Networking Solution for Large Businesses and Government Agencies

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Organizations in need of a flexible, secure, cost-effective and high-bandwidth solution for converging multiple technologies onto a single network will benefit from the introduction today of Verizon Integrated Optical Service.  It is the first such commercial offering from a U.S.-based Tier One provider.

The new service provides a dedicated optical network that allows for the integration of optical technologies such as dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) and synchronous optical network (SONET), in addition to Ethernet, onto a single "ring" platform.  The platform  can support a wide range of time-division multiplexing (TDM), storage, video and mainframe applications.

The service's innovative architecture, made possible by an optical transport platform called a reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM), can help customers converge voice, video and data and deliver a wide range of applications at extremely high speeds while also satisfying ever-growing data storage requirements.

"Verizon is a leader bringing next-generation optical services to light," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Business.  "With this new service, we've brought together our company's depth and experience with optical technologies, a vast fiber infrastructure and expert engineering resources to take fiber optics to the next level for our business customers in response to their rapidly changing communications requirements."

By using ROADM, which combines the high-bandwidth capabilities of DWDM with the resiliency of SONET, Integrated Optical Service creates a single communications platform. This facilitates greater control over transport costs, a more flexible network and simpler management, including a Customer Service Management desktop feature that allows customers to easily retrieve reports and view and monitor the health of their networks.

The new service is immediately available to customers nationwide within Verizon territories, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, Tampa, Dallas-Ft.Worth, Newark, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, Portland and Seattle.  This service, suitable for a wide array of customers, is ideal for those in the financial, health care, government and education sectors and that have large bandwidth requirements within a metro area (total overall bandwidth capability of 440 Gbps), manage various applications, and need a versatile and cost-effective solution for addressing connectivity requirements between locations.

"There is an increasing interest on the part of bandwidth-intensive customers to consolidate their access services on to a reliable, high-bandwidth ring solution," said Boyd Chastant, director of Advanced Network Services with IDC.  "This allows the customer to maintain greater control of their access infrastructure and provides the ability to grow bandwidth more efficiently.  Verizon Business' new service is well-suited to serve this need in the marketplace."

Integrated Optical Service can also address business continuity and disaster recovery needs, a critical business requirement because of today's highly sophisticated global networks and unpredictable climate.  Integrated Optical Service can also provide backbone connectivity between major business areas for all data and voice communications, leveraging the high-bandwidth capabilities and directing traffic to regional data centers to support all mission- critical applications.

In addition, the new service can connect to Verizon Business' ultra long haul network for high-bandwidth transport between regional and remote backup data centers for asynchronous data replication.  Finally, the service also allows for access to many other Verizon services and solutions, such as Private IP (Verizon's MPLS network) and the public Internet. 

Verizon Integrated Optical Service is backed by service level agreements (SLAs), including competitive availability and mean-time-to-repair commitments customers expect from a carrier-class wide area network (WAN) service.

Verizon Business is a recognized leader delivering advanced data and IP services to business customers around the world.  The company was recently awarded the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Product Line Strategy Award for Enterprise WAN 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 communications, security and other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.