Verizon Positioned as a Leader in Magic Quadrants for Global Network Service Providers and Pan-European Network Service Providers

Gartner Inc. has positioned Verizon in the Leaders quadrant in two recently published reports: "Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers"¹ and "Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers"².

Offerings evaluated by Gartner included wide area network transport services, primarily managed, such as multiprotocol label switching (MPLS); Ethernet and Internet virtual private networks (VPNs); voice services such as SIP Trunking; and value-added services such as cloud (infrastructure-as-a-service), security, managed mobility, application-fluent networking, unified communications and data center services.

Our world-class global IP network is the foundation for Verizon's 'everything-as-a-service' strategy and the advanced solutions that enable better business outcomes for our customers worldwide," said Farooq Muzaffar, vice president of enterprise network and communications solutions with Verizon.  "As a result, multinational corporations and government agencies can count on Verizon to deliver advanced capabilities such as Managed Telepresence for better visual collaboration across the globe."

Positioning in the Gartner Magic Quadrant is based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Global Magic Quadrant

Gartner examined eleven service providers for its annual global study.  According to Gartner, "Leaders have a full portfolio of voice and data products, coupled with above-average service and support, wide global coverage and competitive pricing.  They have a strong vision that includes adopting more information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities, which is a strategy they articulate clearly and openly."

Pan-European Magic Quadrant

Gartner examined fifteen network service providers for its Pan-European study. According to Gartner, "Leaders have a full portfolio of voice and data services, including relatively new offerings in areas such as UC and Ethernet services.  These services are delivered with good quality across a wide area of coverage at competitive prices by account teams that are typically closer to the customer.  Leaders have a strong vision of the market and their role in it, and they will typically be able to address a wider range of customers (in terms of size, geography and service requirements) with their service offerings than others in this Magic Quadrant."

Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for enterprises and government agencies. Verizon delivers integrated IT and communications solutions via its high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate. Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based "everything-as-a-service" delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-class solutions within the reach of every business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

¹ Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers," March 31, 2011, Authors: Neil Rickard, Robert F. Mason; ID Number: G00210099.

² Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers" March 31, 2011, Authors: Neil Rickard, Katja Ruud; ID Number: G00210276.

About The Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission.  The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 104 million total connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.