Verizon Recognized as 2007 Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year - National Category

CHICAGO - For the second year in a row, Verizon has been recognized for excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet business services to its customers.  Verizon was named the 2007 Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year - National Category by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) on the strength of the company's comprehensive and robust Ethernet portfolio, extensive geographic coverage and industry innovation.

"This award reinforces our continued leadership in the rapidly growing Ethernet marketplace," said Tom Roche, vice president of business data products with Verizon.  "Verizon is very proud to accept this award again and to continue our tradition of delivering excellence to customers.  As more enterprise customers rely on Ethernet to transport mission-critical data such as medical imagery and financial transactions, they can rest assured that Verizon will continue its development of cutting-edge Ethernet solutions to meet customers' business demands."

Verizon accepted the 2007 Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year - National Category award at an MEF-sponsored reception Wednesday (June 20) at NXTcomm 2007 in Chicago.  Verizon was also recognized for achieving MEF 14 certification, based on Iometrix testing results, of its complete suite of global Carrier Ethernet services.  MEF 14 certification is the first global program to test for QoS conformance, which is critical for delivering stringent service level agreements to enterprise customers. 

Verizon was among the first service providers to achieve certification in April 2006 for adopting global Ethernet interoperability standards as defined by the MEF 9 certification.

"Verizon is well deserving of this award, showing leadership and driving development of Carrier Ethernet services within the industry," said MEF President Nan Chen following the awards reception.  "This award exemplifies Verizon's continued commitment to accelerate deployment of Carrier Ethernet, which has helped them to win among such a prestigious group of leading Carrier Ethernet service providers."

Verizon's Ethernet portfolio includes:

  • Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), a recently launched service available nearly anywhere in the United States.

  • Ethernet Private Line (EPL), available in more than 145 U.S. metro markets and 10 European countries.

  • Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL), available nearly anywhere in the United States and in six Asia-Pacific countries and territories, as well as between the United States and 20 countries around the world.

  • E-LAN Services, which are available in 100 metro markets in the United States.

Customers may use Ethernet either as a stand-alone end-to-end service in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions or as a means of quickly and easily accessing either the Internet or Private IP, Verizon Business' global MPLS-based Layer 3 VPN offering. 

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 60.7 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.