Maag Pump Systems Chooses Swisscom and Verizon Business Alliance for Secure Global Communications

Maag Pump Systems, a global leader in processing solutions for the chemical and polymer industries, has chosen the Swisscom and Verizon Business alliance to provide its global network and managed security services requirements.

Swisscom is providing advanced multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)-based communications across its Swiss network, while Verizon Business is providing a seamless interconnection to the global Verizon Private IP network. A fully integrated managed security solution, including Verizon Secure Gateway, protects Maag Pump Systems' business-critical information around the globe.

Maag Pump Systems develops, manufactures and supplies gear pumps, screen changers and systems for demanding applications. The company, based in Switzerland since its inception in 1913, has pioneered the development of gear pumps for the plastics, elastomeric, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and is widely recognized as a world leader in its field. The company focuses on developing solutions and optimizing operations to support its global customer base. Efficient, secure and reliable communications are core to its business operations.

Under a new three-year contract, Maag Pump Systems has migrated the communications systems at its headquarters in Oberglatt and at key operational sites in China, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and the United States to the Verizon Business/Swisscom network. Swisscom is providing network services within Switzerland, while Verizon Secure Gateway provides secure connectivity from remote sites to the core Verizon Private IP global network. Verizon Business' managed security solutions are offering fully integrated network security - including remote access, anti-virus, anti-spam and application monitoring capabilities - supported by round-the-clock central management services.

Ueli Thuerig, CEO Maag Pump Systems, said: "Our business is truly global, and we rely on our communications network for our internal and external operational communications every day. We wanted to streamline our global capabilities, but particularly to ensure we build a truly secure network environment to support our future business needs.

"The Swisscom/Verizon Business alliance has enabled us to benefit from truly world-class expertise and solutions, but from a single source. The benefit to us is not only an outsourced network environment, with comprehensive integrated security capabilities, but also simplified cost management and a single point of contact. At the end of the day, we are able to do business better - and in today's challenging economic environment, that's what it's all about."

Roland Staubli, head of international partnerships and outsourcing at Swisscom's business division, commented: "Through the combination of Swisscom and Verizon Business' network and security expertise, Maag Pump Systems is able to rest assured that its business-critical data is in safe hands. Effective and secure network infrastructure implementation and management can be very challenging, and particularly for multinational enterprises whose core expertise lies outside the IT industry.

"By choosing to work with trusted third parties with proven experience and an expansive solutions portfolio in these areas, Maag Pump Systems is able to focus on growing its own business, rather than its communications infrastructure."

David Howorth, regional vice president global services EMEA, Verizon Business, added: "For global enterprises, communications infrastructure is a key contributor to business success. The Verizon Business team brings a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering effective, fully integrated communications and security solutions to support Swisscom's existing service portfolio, and we look forward to supporting Maag Systems continued growth around the globe."

The Swisscom and Verizon Business partnership offers Swisscom customers with multinational operations seamless access to Verizon Business' expansive global network and solutions, including the Verizon managed security services suite.  Verizon Business customers with operations in the Swiss market benefit from Swisscom's extensive local market expertise, dense infrastructure and customer service organization. Customers that are served by both companies enjoy a consistent, high-quality experience and a comprehensive suite of voice and data services. 

About Maag AG
Maag Pump Systems develops and manufactures gear pumps, filtration systems and screen changers for the chemical and plastic industries and established itself as the technology and market leader in this particular business environment.
Maag Pump Systems success in the served markets lies in devising solutions that balance considerations between the technical and commercial aspects at every stage of the process. As market leader they have a strong relationship to the customers. Regardless of if the customers operate globally or locally, Maag, due to its worldwide network of subsidiaries and agents, is always on the spot. If support is required, qualified technicians are available immediately at all times to provide solutions. Whether developing proprietary tools and programs or working to stringent safety and quality specifications, this passion for excellence creates top quality products and is the reason why Maag Pump Systems is the industry's most trusted name for high-performance gear pumps and filter systems. For further information, please visit www.maag.com.

About Swisscom Corporate Business
Whether voice or data, mobile or fixed network, individual products or integrated solutions: as a leading independent business communications provider, Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd Corporate Business supports its customers with the planning, implementation and operation of their IT and communications infrastructures (ICT). The division offers services which help customers optimise their work processes: cost-effective modern solutions and services which leave customers more time to focus on their core business. Swisscom Corporate Business can provide all this from a single source: individual, professional and reliable - for voice and data solutions in the areas of multimedia, security and alarm systems. ICT convergence is ensured through innovative products and solutions to maintain market leadership in business communication in the future. For further information, please visit www.swisscom.ch.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world's most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.