Leading Analyst Firm Positions Verizon Business in Leaders Quadrant for North American Managed and Professional Network Service Providers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant of its report, "Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, North America."[1]

"We believe this placement underscores Verizon Business' dedication to delivering world-class managed network and professional services capabilities," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Business.  "As IP transformation accelerates and networks grow increasingly complex, our customers around the globe depend on Verizon Business to provide the management systems, processes and human capital that support infrastructure availability, reliability and security." 

Verizon Business separately announced today the expansion of its professional consulting capabilities, further highlighting the company's commitment to helping customers take their business to the next level.

[NOTE - Click here to view Verizon Business' professional services announcement.]

Gartner examined a total of 18 North American managed and professional network service providers for this report.  According to Gartner, "Vendors in the Leaders Quadrant are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are building competencies to sustain their leadership positions in the market."

Positioning in the Magic Quadrant reflects the ability to execute and completeness of vision.  Garter notes that, "A managed professional and network service provider focuses on the support, operation and management of customers' business networks, inclusive of mobility resources and wireless networks.  The network information technology services considered in the Magic Quadrant include network and telecommunications expense management, network maintenance, network consulting, network development and integration, and network management."

Verizon Business has received Magic Quadrant placement in several recent Gartner reports, including "Magic Quadrant for U.S. Network Service Providers, 1H08,"[2] "Magic Quadrant for Help Desk Outsourcing Services, North America, 2008,"[3] "Magic Quadrant for Asia/Pacific Network Service Providers, 2007,"[4] "Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers, 2007,"[5] and "Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers, 2007."[6]

Verizon Business manages 260,000-plus devices on more than 4,000 customer networks in 142 countries and territories, overseeing non-Verizon connections from more than 60 network providers around the world.  Verizon Business' industry-leading service-level commitments for its managed network services and award-winning IMPACT management platform underscore its legacy of service and innovation.  Verizon Business also offers a suite of professional network and security services to help customers successfully deploy and manage their IP networks. These services range from network assessment and design consulting to project management and capacity planning.

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2007 and 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and are 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 Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global IP leader and network-based partner for delivering integrated communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large-business and government customers worldwide.  Combining unsurpassed reach with managed services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services capabilities, Verizon Business delivers global solutions that power innovation and enable its customers to do business better.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.


1 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, North America," May 14, 2008.  Authors Eric Goodness, Christine Tenneson, Ted Chamberlin, Daniel O'Connell; ID Number: G00155721.
2 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for U.S. Network Service Providers, 1H08," April 2, 2008.  Authors Ted Chamberlin, Robert F. Mason, Jay E. Pultz; ID Number: G00155890.
3 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for North American Help Desk Outsourcing, North America, 2008," February 28, 2008.  Authors Richard T. Matlus, William Maurer; Gartner RAS Core Research Note G00155048.
4 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Asia/Pacific Network Service Providers, 2007", February 18, 2008.  Author To Chee Eng; Gartner RAS Core Research Note G00154548.
5 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers, 2007", December 5, 2007.  Authors Neil Rickard, Scott Morrison; Gartner RAS Core Research Note G00153140.
6 Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers, 2007", August 8, 2007.  Authors Neil Rickard, Eric Paulak; ID Number: G00150113.