News Release

Leading Analyst Firm Positions Verizon in Leaders Quadrant for U.S. Telecommunications Service Providers

Report Evaluates Combined Wireline and Wireless Services

September 24, 2009

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7518Maria Montenegro
Verizon
maria.montenegro@verizon.com
703-886-6063

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant of the analyst firm's newly released report, "Magic Quadrant for U.S. Telecommunications Service Providers."¹

Gartner examined 12 U.S.-based telecommunications service providers in its report. In recognition of the growing trend by business customers to purchase wireline and wireless voice and data services from a single provider, Gartner this year has combined its wireless service provider Magic Quadrant with its network service provider Magic Quadrant.

"Our leading IP and wireless networks plus our ability to deliver integrated solutions continue to set us apart," said Fran Shammo, president of Verizon Business. "In addition to our network strengths and extensive portfolio, we work tirelessly to offer our customers a seamless wireline-wireless experience, including our unified global Verizon Enterprise Center portal."

Positioning in the Magic Quadrant reflects the ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner's report: "Leaders have a full portfolio of voice and data products across both wired and wireless technologies, with frequent offerings of combined services, coupled with above-average service and support, focused-enterprise investment, strong sales support, competitive pricing and a driver in the market in terms of technology adoption, partnerships and on-time launches. They have a strong vision that includes both internal innovation, an eye on joint ventures and partnerships, and the ability to deliver a consistent product and message."

Verizon combines professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks and America's most reliable wireless network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. 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 Verizon's professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business.

To view Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for U.S. Telecommunications Service Providers" report, visit: http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/verizon_business/vol4/article1/article1.html.

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.  

¹ Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for U.S. Telecommunications Service Providers," September 23, 2009, Authors Phillip Redman, Ted Chamberlin, Michael J. King, Robert F. Mason; ID Number: G00170394.

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