Verizon Partner Solutions Expands Cost-Saving Options for Wholesale VoIP Customers


SIP Gateway Customers Can Take Advantage of Choice and Flexibility in Meeting Their End-Users' Needs

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 10 // -- Leveraging its extensive reach with an innovative suite of wholesale VoIP services, Verizon Partner Solutions is offering a new cost-effective option for VoIP providers, using SIP (Session-Initiated Protocol) Gateway Services.

Under this program, Verizon SIP Gateway customers opting for OCN-based metered plans can enjoy a reduced rate for calls from their end-users to select Verizon Business local customer telephone numbers (those utilizing legacy MCI local switches).

SIP is an Internet-based signaling protocol used for creating, modifying and terminating sessions between two or more users on the Internet, including Internet telephone calls, multimedia distribution and multimedia conferences.

"This is simply another way we're making it easier for our wholesale customers to do business with us -- by listening to them and continually evolving our offerings to help them help their customers," said Tom Maguire, senior vice president, Verizon Partner Solutions.

This offering continues the evolution of Verizon's wholesale IP Communications product suite. Verizon's SIP Gateway Services are available in three configurations: Inbound Complete, Two-Way Local and Two-Way Complete.

o Inbound Complete - Includes inbound local and long-distance calls with competitive purchase options for wholesale customers.

o Two-Way Local - Offers both inbound and outbound local calling, allowing quick expansion of assigned number information (ANI) inventory.

o Two-Way Complete - Enables local and long-distance calling plans to take advantage of Verizon's robust network.

SIP Gateway Services are complemented by the Carrier IP Termination Service. This offering satisfies the needs of customers who want to obtain the cost advantages of originating IP traffic and terminating that traffic via SIP protocol over a global network.

The Carrier IP Termination and SIP Gateway Services are available to qualified Verizon wholesale customers.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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Source: Verizon

CONTACT: Lynn Staggs of Verizon, +1-918-590-2403, c-lynn.staggs@verizonbusiness.com

Web site: www.verizon.com/

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