Verizon Business Receives 2007 Product of the Year Award From 'Communications Solutions'

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Technology Marketing Corporation's (TMC) Web site, Communications Solutions (www.comsolmag.com), covering advances in hardware, software and services, has named Verizon Business' IP Trunking  a 2007 Product of the Year.

Trunks are communications lines that connect switching systems.  Verizon IP Trunking services use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) signaling to interoperate with either an IP or time division multiplex (TDM) private branch exchange (PBX) or key system.  This versatility gives a customer an easy way to replace traditional TDM trunk lines provided through the public switched telephone network.

"Verizon Business continues to enhance and expand its VoIP portfolio to make it easier for customers to enjoy the benefits of IP-based communications," said Nancy Gofus, Verizon Business senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "This award showcases our commitment to advancing technology for customers who are adopting VoIP and other IP-based services to more efficiently and cost-effectively manage communications across their enterprise."

Rich Tehrani, TMC president and group editor-in-chief of Communications Solutions, said, "Verizon Business has been recognized with a 2007 Product of the Year Award for their excellence in the advancement of  VoIP communications. Verizon Business has proven they are committed to quality and excellence in solutions that benefit the customer experience as well as ROI for the companies that use them.  I am pleased to honor their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the future."

The eighth annual Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award recognizes the vision, leadership and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of the prestigious award. The most innovative products and services brought to market in 2007 were selected as recipients of this year's Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for their groundbreaking achievement.

Verizon Business IP Trunking has a nationwide footprint covering more than 350 metropolitan markets in the United States.  In addition, the local service supports local-to-global coverage in France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, with plans to expand further expand in Europe (Italy, Spain, Sweden and Ireland in 2008).

In December 2007, Verizon Business introduced several major enhancements for its IP Trunking customers, with on-demand networking via Burstable Enterprise Shared Trunks (BEST), additional IP PBX platform support, a new path to VoIP through the company's Ethernet-to-Private IP-access option, and automated rerouting of calls to maintain business continuity.

The 2007 Product of the Year Award winners can be found on the Communications Solutions Web site.

About the Verizon Business VoIP Portfolio
Today, the five Verizon Business VoIP solutions - IP Flexible T1 (available only in the United States), IP Integrated Access, IP Trunking, Hosted IP Centrex and Managed IP PBX - enable high-quality voice communications in a converged network environment, leveraging Verizon Business' vast national and international footprint and a wide range of innovative features. Verizon Business is a leader in developing and delivering IP solutions helping large businesses and government agencies transition to VoIP on their own path and pace.  By delivering new and advanced capabilities like BEST, Verizon Business customers can more simply adopt VoIP while making their IP networks work harder and smarter to meet their business objectives.

About TMC
Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is an integrated global media company helping our clients build communities in print, in-person and online.  TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and IMS Magazine. TMC is also the first publisher to test new products in its own on-site laboratories, TMC Labs.  TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by nearly one million US visitors according to Quantcast and by over three million unique visitors each month worldwide, according to Webtrends.  In addition, TMC produces INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO, Call Center 2.0 Conference and Communications Developer Conference.

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About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), operates the world's most connected public IP network and uses its industry-leading global-network capabilities to offer large-business and government customers an unmatched combination of security, reliability and speed. The company integrates advanced IP communications and information technology (IT) products and services to deliver leading enterprise solutions including managed services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services. These solutions power innovation and enable the company's customers to do business better. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.