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Verizon offers free calling home for US troops in Iraq

As part of its ongoing commitment to support U.S. troops domestically and abroad, Verizon Business is again providing free phone calls during this holiday season for U.S. Armed Forces personnel stationed in Iraq.

For the fifth consecutive year, Verizon Business will provide the calls for Iraq-based military personnel, from Nov. 21 through Nov. 28 and from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. The calls home are made possible through a Verizon Business state-of-the-art mobile communications facility that was outfitted with phones and deployed to Iraq.

“Hearing the voice of a loved one can go a long way to bolster the spirits during the holidays,” said Susan Zeleniak, vice president of federal markets for Verizon Business. “The women and men in the U.S. armed forces make sacrifices every day, and Verizon Business has made it a tradition to help the troops stay connected with their loved ones at home during the holidays.”

Verizon Business, as a leading communications provider to the federal government, makes technology, resources and employee support available to military personnel and their families around the world throughout the year.

Verizon Business also is supporting the USO of Metropolitan Washington, by hosting a Verizon Business Phone Home for the Holidays program Dec. 8 at Fort Belvoir, Va., in conjunction with the USO’s holiday event. Verizon Business will deploy one of its mobile emergency communications vehicles to allow troops and their families to make free local, long-distance and international calls as well as send e-mails.

Verizon Business is a Partner at the USO Gateway Lounge at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In addition, the company has teamed up with the USO of Metropolitan Washington as the Premier Partner of the new USO Lounge at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and as a Partner at the new lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport. The Dulles lounge opened earlier this year, and the Reagan airport lounge will open soon. Verizon Business is the first USO-Metro Partner to provide financial support to all three area airport USO lounges.

In addition to providing funding for the lounges, Verizon Business also provides them with free phone calling anywhere in the world via wireless phones using Verizon Business voice-over-Internet protocol service.

Verizon Business uses Nortel for Metro Ethernet

Starting in 2008, Verizon Business will be even better positioned to deliver network capacity across Europe for high-bandwidth applications like video and advanced business services with an optical network supported by Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] equipment. The equipment purchase supports 10G services as well as emerging 40G services and will allow

Verizon Business Launches Live Traffic on 40Gbps IP Circuits

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – To meet the growing demand for faster, better performance, Verizon Business is quadrupling the standard speed on its backbone network circuits connecting major U.S. cities.

Verizon Business has deployed one of the first router-to-router 40Gbps (OC-768) circuits carrying live traffic using Juniper Networks high-performance T-series core routers. These fully functional 40Gbps (gigabits per second) interconnections between backbone routers are carrying production Internet traffic between Washington D.C. and Chicago as well as production voice, data and video traffic on Verizon’s multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network between Washington D.C. and New York City.

Verizon Business plans to deploy additional 40Gbps transmission spans and circuits on its U.S. domestic network through the end of the year and into 2008. The most common standard deployed today for high-speed circuits is 10Gbps.

“Moving from 10Gbps to 40Gbps demonstrates Verizon Business’s commitment to meet our customer needs and invest in state-of-the art technology that takes our backbone infrastructure to the next level,” said Fred Briggs, executive vice president of network operations and technology for Verizon Business. “Aggregating IP traffic onto one 40Gbps wavelength means not only higher traffic throughput, but lower latency and reduced jitter, which translates into enhanced performance and responsiveness for Verizon Business customers.”

Verizon’s FiOS success, explosion of Gigabit Ethernet customer access circuits, expansion of voice-over-IP services and rapid growth of Internet traffic around the world all continue to push the demand for faster routers and higher capacity in Verizon Business’s backbone.

“With the T-series and JUNOS software, we’re helping Verizon Business achieve its objectives of leading the industry in next-generation IP performance and leveraging IP/MPLS technology in the core of the network to best serve its customers,” said Kim Perdikou, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks. “As consumers continue to increase the adoption of broadband access, while at the same time requiring increased performance for high bandwidth applications, Juniper enables our customers to keep pace with escalating business requirements, while controlling costs as they scale.”

Juniper Networks T-series delivers the unique combination of advanced routing features, world-class IP/MPLS capabilities, as well as the reliability and scalability needed to make it an ideal platform for high-performance core applications. With TX Matrix technology, the T-series provides a seamless migration path to enable providers to scale to multi-terabit speeds. The T-series routing platforms provide a comprehensive range of fiber-optic and electrical transmission interfaces, including Ethernet, ATM, Channelized, SONET and serial interfaces.

Deploying the T-series with 40Gbps technology not only increases the performance of the Verizon Business network and its total capacity, but also helps the company control network equipment costs including installation, operations and maintenance.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

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Phone+ Magazine announces Top Channel Managers & Programs

PHONE+ magazine, a monthly publication of Virgo Publishing LLC for the telecommunications indirect sales channel, today announced the winners in its Top 15 Channel Managers and Top 50 Channel Programs contest. The results are published in the magazine’s first-ever Channel Program Guide special issue, available now at www.phoneplusmag.com/ebooks.

PHONE+ is very proud to honor the Top 15 Channel Managers. These telecom professionals were nominated by master agents, subagents and independent agents. The nominees’ names were placed on a ballot and voted on by PHONE+ readers and supporters. The winners are Jeff Balsewich, TNCI; Hilary Corno, TelePacific Communications; Suzanne Duda, PAETEC; Steve Ferrigno, One Communications; Manny Ferrufino, Qwest; Amir Hojjatnia, TelePacific Communications; David Luther, BCN Solutions Express; Ruth Morford, ACC Business; Mara Nursement, TNCI; Tara Purcell, AT&T; Brian Sheehan, AboveNet; Art Solares, First Communications; Melanie Sunahara, Global Crossing; Dan Szabo, Qwest; and William Tharp, XO Communications.

“PHONE+ is proud to honor these individuals. It is their hard work and dedication that makes the indirect channel a successful and well-oiled machine,” said Mike Saxby, group publisher for PHONE+.

Hundreds of companies submitted their channel program details in hopes of being recognized as a Top 50 Channel Program. Voted on by indirect sales partners, these communications suppliers — carriers, resellers, master agents and manufacturers — provide their agents with that extra something — extra attention, rapid quotes, sales training or special promotions — that makes agents want to do business with them.

PHONE+ congratulates the following Top 50 Channel Programs as selected by its readers: 5 Star Communications, ACC Business, AccuConference, AireSpring Communications, AT&T Inc., Avaya Inc., Bandwave Systems, Broadview Networks, Cavalier Telephone, Comstar Interactive, The Conference Group, Covad Communications, CTI Group (Holdings), Eastern IT Group LLC, Embarq, Excel Telecommunications, Granite Telecommunications, Hughes Network Systems LLC, InterCall, iTEMize Technologies, Level 3 Communications, McGraw Communications, McLeodUSA, MegaPath, MicroCorp Inc., NBS, New Edge Networks, NuVox Communications, Once Communications Corp., PAETEC, Pioneer Telephone, PowerNet Global Communications, Premiere Global Services, Qwest Communications, Samsung BCS, ShoreTel, Speakeasy, Sprint Nextel, TBI, Telarus Inc., Time Warner Cable Business Class, TMC Communications, TNCI, UCN Inc., US Signal Co., USA Digital Communication Inc., Verizon, Wholesale Carrier Services Inc., World Telecom Group, and XO Communications.

“PHONE+ is honored to bestow special recognition upon these standouts. Their support for the indirect channel, and gains in the telecom industry overall, are much appreciated and lauded,” Saxby said.

In addition to recognizing the Top 15 Channel Mangers and the Top 50 Channel Programs, the PHONE+ Channel Program Guide special issue includes articles that focus on the key traits of a successful channel program and master agency, how to sustain a healthy partner relationship, and the anatomy of an agent agreement. For more information, visit www.phoneplusmag.com.

About Virgo Publishing:
Virgo Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training, and value-added business services. In general, each print magazine serves as a platform to create communities through the integration of publishing, events and the Web. For information, visit www.vpico.com.

About PHONE+
PHONE+ magazine is the country’s leading publication for communication distribution channels. For more than two decades, PHONE+ has been the undisputed leader in providing news and analysis to alternate distribution channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services and associated CPE, applications and professional services.

PHONE+ has a companion Web site, www.phoneplusmag.com ; a weekly newsletter, PHONE+Line; an annual buyer’s guide; an annual Source Book and an annual Channel Program Guide; and it hosts regular Webinars.
It also hosts the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the industry’s only event exclusively for the channel. The spring conference is set for March 10-12 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.channelpartnersconference.com.