Verizon Business Tunes Up Communications Links for BEHRINGER With World-Class Private IP Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - BEHRINGER, a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of professional audio and musical instrument products, has implemented Verizon Business' Private IP to connect six of BEHRINGER's key offices worldwide.

Under a two-year contract, Verizon Business is providing BEHRINGER with a seamless global voice and data network linking the company's headquarters in Singapore with its manufacturing base in China and other primary business locations in the United States, Germany and the Philippines. By consolidating its network operations through a single managed services provider, BEHRINGER has enhanced network management and improved overall cost efficiencies.

BEHRINGER, founded in Germany in 1989, sells its products to over 125 countries worldwide via its network of local offices, dealers and distributors. Ensuring efficient communications between all of the company's worldwide operations is critical for the company; yet as its business has expanded, this has proved to be increasingly time-consuming and costly.  BEHRINGER therefore decided to adopt a managed network solution, enabling the company to focus on its own business, while entrusting its business-critical network operations to Verizon Business.

Verizon Business is providing BEHRINGER with full managed services support across its network infrastructure, including the seamless integration of IP telephony over Private IP.  IT infrastructure management tools give BEHRINGER a birds-eye view for easy network management and early detection of problems, and the company also benefits from low latency through Verizon Business' industry-leading service level agreements (SLAs) that ensure a high level of quality of service.

David Brown, chief information officer, BEHRINGER, said: "Working with Verizon Business has given us the luxury to focus on more critical aspects of our company's IT infrastructure as our business continues to expand. We are one of the fastest-growing audio companies worldwide, and it's crucial for us to work with partners who can support our ongoing business ambitions in a flexible manner. We have every confidence in Verizon Business' centralized support team, and indeed are already seeing the benefits of working with them, and of the Verizon Business solution."

According to Brown, the stability of the Verizon Business network has reduced the number of support incidents from more than 50 to fewer than 10 over a six-month period, with no downtime in the nine months since installation. He continued: "Moving the management of our network infrastructure to Verizon Business has not only improved our overall network management capabilities, it's also given us six times the bandwidth for one-third the cost. Next steps are to integrate our remaining offices onto the Verizon Business network, which we believe will give us even further business efficiencies."

Andrew Dobbins, Verizon Business' vice president of sales and services for Asia-Pacific, said: "Our expansive global IP network and managed services support are able to empower a company such as BEHRINGER to realize its global ambitions. For BEHRINGER, there is an absolute reliance on network communications to manage worldwide sales and manufacturing operations -- the network infrastructure forms the basis of its global supply chain.

"By working with Verizon Business, the company has access to all the facilities, infrastructure and services it needs to get its job done, and all supported by stringent network SLAs. We're delighted to be able to support the company as it continues to expand."

BEHRINGER has also co-located its mission-critical servers in Verizon Business' secure data center in Singapore, and plans to enhance its business continuity management provision with Verizon Business in the near future.

BEHRINGER is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of professional audio and musical instrument products.  Established in 1989, BEHRINGER has operations in 10 countries and territories around the world.  With these points of presence and an international network of distributors and dealers, BEHRINGER products can be found in more than 125 countries.  BEHRINGER offers a comprehensive range of products that provides exceptional value to professionals and amateurs, as well as for commercial and public applications.  They include Audio Technology, Computer-based Recording and DJ products, Loudspeakers/Amplifiers, Microphones/Headphones/Wireless Systems, Mixers/Powered Mixers, Musical Instrument Amplification, and Professional Lighting Systems.

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.