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Press Release -- August 8th, 2012
Source: XO Holdings

XO Communications’ Converged Enterprise Voice, Data and Network Security Solution Selected by Horizon Lines

System Designed to Simplify Network Management with Converged MPLS IP-VPN, SIP Trunking, and Hosted Network Security Solution

HERNDON, VA – August 8, 2012 – XO Communications announced today that it has been selected by Horizon Lines, Inc. to provide a converged enterprise-wide voice, data and network security solution designed to simplify the management of network infrastructure and reduce costs.  XO Communications, together with XO business partners, Intelisys and Richardson Communications and Consulting (RCC), designed the solution for Horizon Lines, one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics companies.

According to the three-year agreement, XO Communications will deliver a converged enterprise network solution that includes XO MPLS IP-VPN, XO Enterprise SIP trunking, and XO Hosted Security.  The XO solution will support all Horizon Lines’ communications and securely connect more than 20 domestic and international locations. This will consolidate the company’s voice and data communications onto a fully-managed and secure next generation IP infrastructure that will support VoIP, Internet connectivity, and corporate applications.

“Consolidating our data and voice applications onto a single, secure managed IP network is expected to simplify our operations, increase operational efficiencies, and improve communications across our locations,” said Jeff Yeager, General Manager and CIO at Horizon Lines.  “The solution designed by XO Communications and their partner Richardson Communications proved to be the most forward-looking in terms of technology, network management and support for our future growth.”

XO MPLS IP-VPN provides the high-performance intelligent wide area network platform that can meet Horizon Lines’ advanced communications, networking and security needs and also improve efficiencies.  The Class-of-Service network provides the intelligence necessary to prioritize essential applications, including VoIP traffic.  Using XO Enterprise SIP trunking, Horizon Lines will deploy a centralized IP-PBX architecture based on Microsoft® Lync® Server 2010 and deliver voice services to each location connected by the XO MPLS IP-VPN.  In addition, Horizon Lines is expected to be able to more easily manage security across its network with XO Hosted Security, which delivers robust network security capabilities through the XO cloud instead of through equipment at each location.

“We are very pleased to be selected as a communications and network partner by Horizon Lines,” said Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer for XO Communications.  “Our flexibility, network reach and robust IP and data services portfolio are major factors why enterprise customers like Horizon Lines are turning to XO Communications as their communications partner.”

“This new win was truly a partnership between XO Communications and Richardson Communications,” said Rachel McNeese, president of Richardson Communications and Consulting.  “We worked together as a team to provide a holistic solution for Horizon Lines, whose managers embraced cutting-edge technology and entrusted the project to the team we assembled. This is a true testament to working together within the partner community and doing what is right for the customer.”

“As a partner to Richardson Communications and XO Communications, Intelisys would like to extend its congratulations to both parties for successfully gaining Horizon Lines as a new customer,” said Mike McKenny, vice president of Partner Sales and Business Development for Intelisys.  “Richardson and XO Communications provide high quality, cutting-edge services, so Horizon Lines is definitely in excellent hands with their new communications solution.”

About XO Communications

XO Communications is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications, managed network and IT infrastructure services for business, large enterprise and wholesale customers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable, mobile wireless and domestic and international telecommunications companies. XO offers a superior customer experience through its innovative data and IP solutions, its employees’ focus on customers and the proven performance of its advanced network.  For more information, visit

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