Verizon Business to Drive Global IP Network for Daimler AG

READING, England - Verizon Business will provide and manage a secure global communications network for Daimler AG, a leading global manufacturer of premium passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

Fully managed Verizon Private IP and managed security solutions will be rolled out across Daimler's operations in Africa, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and the U.S. In addition, Daimler will deploy Verizon voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) solutions to transition its existing voice communications to an all-IP environment.

Daimler's criteria included enhanced security capabilities as well as additional capacity to support the efficient exchange of multimedia and data files. In addition, the company wanted enhanced management and reporting capabilities to ensure optimal network performance, as well as the capability to quickly and easily deploy IP-based solutions such as VoIP to achieve business and operational efficiencies.

Daimler's overall objective was to maximize the potential of its global network for the fast and secure exchange of business-critical information, as well as to enhance employee and customer communications capabilities across its global operations.

Connie Paquette, regional vice president, Verizon Business, said: "Daimler is one of the world's best-known automotive brands, and is practically a byword for automotive excellence. Effective communications are critical for the operational effectiveness of the company. As such, excellence in solution, service capability and global reach are key criteria in the selection of a business partner. Verizon Business has proven experience in supporting companies as they move toward next-generation, IP-based communications capabilities, and we look forward to working closely with Daimler to support its needs around the globe."

Verizon Business manages 260,000-plus devices on more than 4,200 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 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.

About Daimler AG
Daimler AG with its businesses Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Financial Services, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Daimler Buses, is a globally leading producer of premium passenger cars and the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in the world. The Daimler Financial Services division has a broad offering of financial services, including vehicle financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management. Daimler sells its products in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. The current brand portfolio includes the world's most valuable automobile brand, Mercedes-Benz, as well as Smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, Mitsubishi Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. For more information, visit: www.daimler.com.

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