Verizon Ethernet Services Receive Certification from Metro Ethernet Forum

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business today announced that the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), regarded as the foremost standards-setting authority on carrier Ethernet services, has awarded certification to the complete suite of Verizon global Carrier Ethernet services. A leading provider of these services, Verizon Business is among the first providers to receive certification for adopting global Ethernet interoperability standards as defined by the MEF.

"Achieving MEF certification is yet another significant leadership milestone for us in the Ethernet business market," said Ed McGuinness, chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. "Verizon Business is both adopting best practices and helping to define the standards that enable companies to benefit from the simplicity, flexibility and cost-savings associated with Ethernet and IP networking. And because Verizon Business has a local-to-global focus, our customers can rest assured that their Ethernet services will have the same great look and feel whether they span cities or continents."

By meeting the specifications for each of four key Ethernet service areas identified and tested by the MEF -- E-LAN, Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL), Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Dedicated SONET Ring Ethernet -- Verizon received certification for its comprehensive suite of Ethernet services. In addition, Verizon was the only service provider to be recognized for offering metro, national and global Ethernet services.

According to Stan Hubbard of Light Reading, "MEF services certification is a key step toward driving greater enterprise adoption of feature-rich Ethernet services because it ensures that carrier offerings measure up to a common set of criteria. When businesses are faced with a dizzying array of choices between best-effort and carrier-grade Ethernet services, certification is a handy tool for quickly identifying a short list of potential solutions. Over the longer term, I cannot see major enterprises willing to buy Ethernet from anyone that does not provide a certified service, which is why it is advantageous for Verizon to be among the first certified Ethernet providers."

Verizon customer George Gonzalez, director of technology with Bergen County Technical Schools, said, "From an enterprise customer perspective, Carrier Ethernet certification provides the assurance that Verizon's Ethernet WAN solution conforms to a specific set of requirements and standards. Verizon is clearly committed to providing its customers the best Ethernet services."

Verizon Business' Ethernet portfolio includes Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL), which provide service in 145 metro markets in the United States and in nine European countries, as well as between the U.S. and Europe; E-LAN Services with 53 metro markets in the U.S.; and Ethernet Access for Private IP and the Internet throughout the U.S., in 19 European countries and in seven countries within the Asia-Pacific region.

Customers have the option of using Ethernet services either as a stand-alone in the U.S. and Europe, or as a means of quickly and easily accessing the Internet or Private IP - Verizon Business' MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) offering and its fastest-growing service in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

With MEF certification, Verizon Business is providing one of the broadest, deepest and best sets of Ethernet connections available today.

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.