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Verizon Launches Practice Focused on Telematics Solutions

Team to Develop Solutions for Key Industry Verticals

News Release

NEW YORK – March 2, 2012 –

As part of its strategy to offer platform-based solutions tailored to key industries, Verizon has launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions.

The new practice, led by industry veteran Martin Thall, will leverage the company's wireless, cloud and mobility platforms to develop and deploy integrated telematics solutions for key industries including automotive and transportation. While Verizon currently offers a wide range of machine-to-machine solutions, the new practice will leverage the full breadth of the company's technology platforms to address the rapidly growing demand for telematics applications.

"Telematics services have been growing rapidly for the past decade," said Thall.  "The always-connected consumer lifestyle, advancements in vehicle technology and increasing commercial fleet management requirements have set the stage for even steeper growth. Verizon has been a significant technology and network provider in OEM telematics for 15 years.  Our 4G LTE and cloud analytics capabilities provide the core components upon which superior telematics solutions are and will be built."

Deep Industry Experience

A 25-year technology industry veteran, Thall previously was chief executive officer and founder of Vehicle ICT Corp., a management consulting company based in Redmond, Wash., and focused on connecting traditional automotive companies and niche technology providers to improve driver and passenger experience globally.

Thall previously held various senior positions at Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard predecessor company Digital Equipment Corp. in enterprise sales, marketing, product development and professional services.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward.  With a platform-based portfolio of industry-leading mobility, cloud and IT, strategic networking and advanced communications offerings, along with specialized solutions for key industries and a full range of global wholesale offerings, Verizon Enterprise Solutions combines unparalleled expertise, innovation and technology to bring together applications, people and environments.  Visit verizonbusiness.com to learn more.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with nearly 108 million total connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 194,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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