Verizon Recognized for Success in Providing Wide Range of Products and Services to Businesses of All Sizes

MIAMI - Alcatel-Lucent has recognized Verizon for its success in providing a wide range of communications products and services to businesses of all sizes and meeting customer needs for choice and flexibility.

Earlier this week Verizon received the Top Enterprise Sales Award from Alcatel-Lucent, which also named Verizon as an Outstanding Business Partner. 

The Top Enterprise Sales Award recognizes Verizon Business' accomplishments in teaming up with Alcatel-Lucent to offer large-business customers fully integrated, end-to-end services along with Verizon Business' extensive networking, contact center and voice offerings.  The Outstanding Business Partner honor recognizes Verizon Telecom's success in marketing the Alcatel-Lucent IP PBX system to small- and mid-sized business customers.  

"This recognition means we're meeting customers' needs for advanced voice and broadband solutions so that they can look to one trusted provider," said Carrie Gray, director of business marketing for Verizon. "But what's most important is that we're delivering the right product to our small- and medium-sized-business customers to help them grow their business."

Verizon Managed Communications Solution powered by Alcatel-Lucent is a flexible system that allows small to medium-sized businesses to choose the services needed and provides the capabilities to upgrade their solutions as their business expands. Customers can start with a robust telephony system and a secure Internet connection and then add applications like LAN switching, e-mail servers, and more as the business evolves.

Tom Vitale, vice president of CPE Product Management and Partner Alliances for Verizon Business, said, "Verizon Business works with companies such as Alcatel-Lucent to deliver world-class solutions to large enterprise customers. Together we have been able to develop and market new solutions for customers that help them tap into IP-based services that help increase productivity and control costs."

Cindy Christy, president of Alcatel-Lucent's North America business, said, "Alcatel-Lucent has long recognized the critical importance of strong and vibrant partner programs. Our relationship with Verizon Business and Verizon Telecom are a crucial and integral component of our overall go-to-market approach."

The Top Enterprise Sales award was presented Tuesday evening at the Alcatel-Lucent North America Business Partner Conference in Miami. The conference provides Alcatel-Lucent Business Partners with insights on business trends, initiatives and strategies that can help build business success.  For more information on Verizon Managed Communications Solution powered by Alcatel-Lucent, visit http://www.verizonmarketing.com/bsg/managedServ/managedComm.aspx. For information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.

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 63.7 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 nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.