Verizon Expands Its Next-Generation IP Services Into New Markets, Adds Private Line Access and Lowers Rates for Most Customers

NEW YORK - To make its Internet protocol virtual private network (IP VPN) services more appealing and to give large businesses a new choice for voice, video and data convergence, Verizon has expanded into new markets, extended service for customers using private line access, and lowered its rates for the majority of customers.

Verizon now offers its MPLS-based VPN services in 109 markets, including the top 97 cities in new markets such as San Francisco and Milwaukee. As part of this effort, Verizon added private line access this month, enabling point-to-point or multi-line point-to-dedicated access. In the past year, Verizon has lowered its long-distance prices and moved technology closer to its customers, making its services more competitively priced.

"We're delivering on our customer promise to enhance our IP VPN portfolio to offer a real choice to many businesses that we couldn't reach before at a competitive price," said Eric Bruno, vice president - product and portfolio management for Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group. "Verizon made a significant network investment that allows us to be more competitive on a national scale."

Verizon's IP VPN Service

Verizon originally launched its IP VPN using technology called multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) service in May 2004. Verizon chose network-based MPLS to enable customers with ATM, Ethernet, or frame relay to easily send data and voice in packets over a shared network. With the addition of private line access, customers that use multiple access methods (ATM, frame relay, Ethernet) can communicate more easily via the service.

Verizon supports four routing protocols for its IP VPN service - Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF). Verizon's basic service is designed for low-priority data traffic but its premier level offers four classes of service designed to support:

  • Class 1 - real-time services such as voice over IP

  • Class 2 - data-burst transmission applications such as compressed video

  • Class 3 - high-priority data needed for transaction-oriented applications

  • Class 4 - e-mail and Web browsing

"Keeping our customers in mind, we've built an IP VPN service that meets businesses' needs for upgrading and evolving their networks as flexibly as possible," said Bruno.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group manages the design, operation and maintenance of end-to-end integrated network solutions for large business, government and education customers across the United States. With over 7,800 employees in 35 states, Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group offers a complete range of basic and advanced communications products and services to meet the voice, video, data and IP-related needs of its customers. In addition, over 5,200 field operations personnel support enterprise customers nationwide. In the enterprise market, Verizon Select Services Inc. provides Verizon long-distance service. For more information on products and services available through Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group, visit www.verizon.com/enterprisesolutions.

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 214,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom provides customers based in 28 states with wireline and other telecommunications services, including broadband. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.