Verizon Business in Analyst Firm's Leaders Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers 2008

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Leading industry analyst firm Gartner Inc. has placed Verizon Business in the Leaders quadrant among global network services providers in Gartner's new report, "Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers."¹ This latest Leaders quadrant placement follows Verizon Business' recent Leaders quadrant position in the "Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers."

"Our approach to the global marketplace has been to create a consistent experience for our customers and their employees whether they are located in Paris, Texas, or Paris, France," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president of global business products.  "Our extensive network reach, comprehensive solutions portfolio, professional global account teams and robust online service portal add up to a compelling value proposition."

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global NSPs examines service providers that can deliver fixed corporate networking services worldwide, including wide area networking (WAN) services, such as MPLS and IPsec virtual private networks; converged voice services, such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking and managed IP telephony; and remote access services.

According to Gartner, providers positioned in the Leaders quadrant "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 ICT capabilities, which is a strategy they articulate clearly and openly."

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2008 and 2009 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 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


¹Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers," January 23, 2009, authors - Neil Rickard and Robert Mason.  RAS Core Research Note G00162917.