NEW YORK -- For small businesses, success depends on their ability to be flexible and efficient while they
control costs. Verizon's new FlexGrow service for businesses with 10-20 phone lines is designed with precisely those
needs in mind.
FlexGrow is a "channelized" T-1 service, now available in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, which
integrates voice and high-speed data over a single T-1 facility. Each T-1 facility has the capacity for 24 voice grade
channels. These channels are configured in one of four options, combining voice channels and "bonded" DS0
channels for dedicated high-speed data transmissions.
FlexGrow service supports applications such as analog voice dedicated data access, transactional data traffic, Internet
access and bulk file transfers. It is designed for small businesses or businesses with branch offices with
telecommunications requirements of 10 to 20 voice lines and high-speed Internet access. FlexGrow can be upgraded, making
it ideally suited for businesses that have outgrown their current communications systems or who need to consolidate and
simplify their services.
"FlexGrow is less complicated, more efficient and easier to manage than the multiple services which many companies
have to serve a variety of communications needs," said Rahman Karriem, executive director-data solutions and
emerging technologies for Verizon. "FlexGrow does the job of multiple communications and at a more affordable
FlexGrow operates through an integrated access device or channel bank, a piece of equipment at the customer's location
that combines voice and data over one T-1 line. Customers have the option of setting up the service using Verizon's
access equipment or another vendor's equipment with their FlexGrow service. The integrated access device must be
compatible with Verizon's central office equipment if they chose to provide their own equipment.
Verizon's FlexGrow comes in a variety of configurations, enabling businesses to choose the speed and capacity that best
meets their needs. Bundling voice and data services into one Verizon platform creates operating and cost efficiencies.
- FlexGrow 256 -- Provides four DS0 channels bonded into one 256 kilobits per second (Kbps) channel for
high-speed data access with 20 channels available for voice service.
- FlexGrow 384 -- Provides six DS0 channels bonded into one 384 Kbps channel for high-speed data access with 18
channels available for voice service.
- FlexGrow 512 -- Provides eight DS0 channels bonded into one 512 Kbps channel for high-speed data access with
16 channels available for voice service.
- FlexGrow 768 -- Provides 12 DS0 channels bonded into one 768 Kbps channel for high-speed data access with 12
channels available for voice service.
A full range of voice features is available with FlexGrow, including Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Caller ID, Three-way
Calling and Ultra Forward.
FlexGrow provides dedicated, point-to-point, high-speed Internet access. FlexGrow customers who select Verizon Online as
their Internet service provider have a direct, high-speed connection to the Internet for a flat rate. Verizon Online
offers dedicated Internet access via FlexGrow at speeds of 256 Kbps, 384 Kbps, 512 Kbps, and 768 Kbps. This service is
ideal for businesses that have applications with predictable traffic levels and that require guaranteed bandwidth.
FlexGrow is available in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and New York. Rates vary depending on the service options
Businesses can get more information about FlexGrow by visiting Verizon's Web site at
href="http://www.verizon.com/smallbiz">www.verizon.com/smallbizor by calling 1-800-256-2609.
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies
are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 132.1 million access line
equivalents and 29.4 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A
Fortune 10 company with more than $67 billion in annual revenues and approximately 247,000 employees, Verizon's global
presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on
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