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- Verizon Business Provides Secure, Customized IP Solutions for
Auto Manufacturer's Operations Worldwide
Verizon Business today announced that its 17-year global
communications services agreement with DaimlerChrysler has been
extended. In addition, Verizon Business will now deliver managed
services to the auto manufacturer's Mercedes-Benz unit.
Under the extension, Verizon Business will continue to provide
managed network services for DaimlerChrysler worldwide, including
DaimlerChrysler's assembly networks in North America and in Europe,
the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Under the new Mercedes-Benz
agreement, Verizon Business will provide a combination of managed
services to support the luxury automaker's network, end-to-end.
"DaimlerChrysler was our first Managed Services customer in 1989,
and we have had a concentrated commitment to the success of their
business ever since," said Blair Crump, group president of premier
accounts for Verizon Business. "From building and managing their
custom production networks to helping the company transition to IP in
various regions of the world, we continue to deliver leading-edge
solutions to meet DaimlerChrysler's evolving needs."
In 2004, DaimlerChrysler began its transition to Internet protocol
(IP) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Using Verizon Business'
Private IP, the company's fastest-growing service, the auto
manufacturer today links 90 business facilities, including production
plants across the region, in a fully managed network environment.
With MPLS-based Private IP connections in 116 countries, Verizon
Business can closely control service quality across geographic
DaimlerChrysler benefits from the industry-leading service-level
agreements Verizon Business delivers for Managed Services, ensuring
the highest level of quality of service available today. Verizon
Business' IMPACT -- an award-winning platform that isolates network
faults -- helps ensure consistent operation of DaimlerChrysler's
Verizon Business operates the North American assembly networks
DaimlerChrysler uses to help manufacture millions of cars, trucks and
SUVs each year, and also provides the global backbone network linking
DaimlerChrysler's primary business locations in Stuttgart, Singapore
and Detroit. The custom North American data network spans 400 sites,
including 32 manufacturing and assembly plants, and delivers
computer-generated cues so employees know specifically which parts to
assemble at any given point in the production process.
DaimlerChrysler also relies on Verizon Business for
customer-contact-center services to help deliver high-quality
customer service to its global dealers.
Since 1998, Verizon Business along with the DaimlerChrysler team
has designed, built and managed each of DaimlerChrysler's regional
networks, integrating them into a seamless, global infrastructure. As
a result, DaimlerChrysler achieves maximum network diversity and
resiliency, optimum use of bandwidth and high performance, all in a
cost-effective advanced network environment.
Verizon Business manages more than 3,500 customer networks in 142
countries, overseeing more than 25,000 non-Verizon connections from
more than 60 network providers around the world. Verizon Business is
a recognized leader delivering advanced communications and
information technology (IT) services for large-business customers
worldwide. The company was positioned in the leader's quadrant by
Gartner, Inc. in the "Magic Quadrant for U.S. Managed and
Professional Network Service Providers, 1H06," and the 2006
"Highest Customer Satisfaction With Large Enterprise Business Data
Service Providers" award by J.D. Power and Associates in its annual
study of small, mid-size and large-business customers.
DaimlerChrysler is one of the world's leading automotive
companies. Its passenger car brands include Maybach, Mercedes-Benz,
smart, Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge. Commercial vehicle brands include
Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Setra. It
offers financial and other automotive services through
DaimlerChrysler Services. With more than 380,000 employees,
DaimlerChrysler achieved revenues of EUR 149.7 billion in 2005.
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
technology and professional service capabilities, Verizon Business
delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers
around the world. For more information, visit
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Professional Network Service Providers, 1H06" by E. Goodness, D. Neil
and D. Willis. July 11, 2006
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