Verizon Business Receives Intel's Highest Honors for Outstanding Supplier Performance

Verizon Business has made Intel Corporation's exclusive list of 2009 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement award winners.  Verizon Business is the only communications service provider among the 10 companies receiving Intel's highest honor reserved for its global suppliers.

Verizon Business received this year's award for its "extraordinary commitment to quality and exceptional performance" in delivering the advanced communications and IT solutions that support Intel's business operations worldwide.  Verizon Business services enable 80,000 Intel employees in 61 countries to work together with its extended enterprise of customers, suppliers and partners across the globe.

Verizon Business also received a Preferred Quality Supplier award from Intel for 2008.

"Verizon Network services consistently exceeded our requirements in 2009," said Chris Sellers, IT service operations director, Intel. "The management commitment from Verizon has extended Intel's pursuit of continuous quality improvement through their proactive, industry-leading IT communication solutions. We are happy to note Verizon as one of our top performing network providers and congratulate them for earning the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement award."

Blair Crump, group president for Verizon Business worldwide sales, said: "It's no small task to provide the technology engine for one of the world's leading silicon innovators. Our account teams, and technical and consultative experts work together to ensure that Intel's business ecosystem operates reliably and securely so our valued customer can perform to its highest standards.  This award recognizes the people who stand behind our customer-first commitment, and it inspires us to reach even higher to achieve new heights of customer satisfaction."

Intel's SCQI award is part of the company's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement program that encourages Intel's key suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement.  To be eligible for the SCQI award, suppliers must score at least 95 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and customer satisfaction goals.  Suppliers must also receive a 90 percent or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems.  In addition, this year's recipients demonstrated compliance with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Code of Conduct and Intel's Environmental Social Governance Program.

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 one of the world's most connected IP networks 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.