Verizon Business Named North American Service Provider of the Year by Polycom

Verizon Business has been named Global Service Provider of the Year, North America, by Polycom Inc., a global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions. The award, given in conjunction with the 2010 TEAM Polycom, the company's annual partner conference, recognizes Verizon Business for its outstanding sales performance and excellence in meeting customer solution, service and support needs.

"This recognition reinforces our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with the best possible integrated communications solutions," said Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business chief marketing officer. "Collaborative technologies such as conferencing, telepresence and unified communications tools are essential for enabling connectivity for employees, customers and partners across today's globally extended enterprises. Our relationship with Polycom helps us to develop world-class solutions that have a significant impact on our customers' business operations."

Mark Roberts, Polycom vice president of partner marketing, said: "This is an exciting time in the communications industry, and Polycom sits squarely in the middle of this ever-changing, rapidly growing market. Our partners are absolutely critical to our success, and we're proud to be represented by some of the best, most experienced partners in this industry. We're also excited to recognize our top-performance partners for continued excellence in meeting customer needs."

Verizon Business is a leading provider of collaboration and unified communications services, enabling organizations to conveniently and effectively collaborate, virtually anytime, anywhere, helping them improve response time and productivity without the costs and carbon emissions associated with business travel. With 30 years of experience delivering conferencing services, the company uses its global IP network to provide a wide array of advance collaboration and mobility tools to large-business and government customers around the world, including audio, video and Web conferencing; VoIP; contact center services; and managed and hosting solutions, as well as professional services capabilities.

About Polycom
Polycom Inc. is a global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Visit www.polycom.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @AllAboutPolycom.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: 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.