Verizon Business Customers Access Next-Generation Convergence Solutions Through Partnership With China Telecom

BEIJING - Verizon Business' multinational customers now have seamless connectivity to China Telecom's Next Convergence Network (CN2), a next-generation IP platform that covers more than 200 cities and 600 routers within China. Access to CN2 effectively extends the benefits of Verizon Business' own expansive IP backbone network and portfolio of global IP and mobile devices, services and solutions across the fast-growing Chinese market.

Verizon Business has been working with China Telecom on MPLS VPN since 2004, enabling full interconnectivity between the Verizon Private IP global network and China Telecom's national MPLS network.  Hundreds of multinational customers in China already use more than 600 connections to leverage the power and global reach of the combined China Telecom/Verizon Private IP networks. 

Verizon Business customers were among the first nondomestic customers to be granted access to the new China Telecom Next Convergence Network. CN2 has backbone core nodes located in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Xian.

John Killian, president, Verizon Business, said: "China is widely acknowledged as a high-growth economy, and therefore is a strategic focus area for many of Verizon Business' global customers. Connectivity to CN2 allows us to seamlessly extend the high quality of features and services we already offer over the Verizon Business global IP network directly into the Chinese market. For our multinational customers based in or expanding into China, this clearly demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting their expanding voice and data communications requirements.

"We focus on helping our global customers realize their own business objectives. Our partnership with China Telecom enables us to deliver on our commitment to companies doing business in China and the rest of the world, he said."

Verizon Business through its predecessor companies has been operational in China since 1993, and today has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Working in cooperation with leading Chinese service providers, the company delivers a full-service portfolio, from leased-line to MPLS/VPN services, to Chinese-based operations of its multinational customers.

Verizon Business is also the only U.S.-based member of a consortium that is building the first next-generation undersea optical cable system directly linking the U.S. mainland and China. The new system, to be named Trans-Pacific Express (TPE), will use the latest optical technology to provide greater capacity and higher speeds to meet the dramatic increase in demand for IP. Initial parties of the consortium include - in addition to China Telecom and China Netcom - China Unicom, Korea Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan). The TPE cable will provide more diversity from other undersea routes and more efficient connections to a number of countries in Asia where Verizon Business has large-business customers.

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