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These excerpts taken from the VRSN 10-Q filed May 8, 2009.

Communications Services

The Company’s Communications Services business provides communications services, such as Billing and Commerce Services, Connectivity and Interoperability Services and Intelligent Database Services. The Company’s Billing and Commerce Services primarily include its Billing Services, Global Consulting Services for Billing, Real-Time Rating and Payment Services, Real-Time Roaming Services, and Settlement and Exchange Services. The Company’s Connectivity and Interoperability Services primarily include its Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) Connectivity, Voice and Data Roaming services, and Voice Over Internet Protocol Services. The Company’s intelligent database services primarily include its Number Portability Services, Calling Name Database Services, Line Information Database Services and Toll-free Database Services.

On March 2, 2009, the Company entered into a binding agreement to sell its Communications Services business to Transaction Network Services, Inc. for $230.0 million subject to certain adjustments to reflect normal fluctuations in working capital. On May 1, 2009, the divestiture transaction was completed for cash proceeds of $226.2 million, after certain initial adjustments to reflect the parties’ current estimate of working capital associated with the Communications Services business as of the closing date. The divestiture transaction will be subject to a final adjustment to reflect the actual working capital balances as of the closing date.

Communications Services

Our Communications Services business provides communications services, such as Billing and Commerce Services, Connectivity and Interoperability Services and Intelligent Database Services. Our Billing and Commerce Services primarily include our Billing Services, Global Consulting Services for Billing, Real-Time Rating and Payment Services, Real-Time Roaming Services, and Settlement and Exchange Services. Our Connectivity and Interoperability Services primarily include our Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) Connectivity, Voice and Data Roaming services, and Voice Over Internet Protocol Services. Our Intelligent Database Services primarily include our Number Portability Services, Calling Name Database Services, Line Information Database Services and Toll-free Database Services.

On March 2, 2009, we entered into a binding agreement to sell our Communications Services business to TNS for $230.0 million. On May 1, 2009, the divestiture transaction was completed for cash proceeds of $226.2 million, after certain initial adjustments to reflect the parties’ current estimate of working capital associated with the Communications Services business as of the closing date. The divestiture transaction will be subject to a final adjustment to reflect the actual working capital balances as of the closing date.

 

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These excerpts taken from the VRSN 10-K filed Mar 3, 2009.

Communications Services

 

The Communications Services business provides managed solutions to fixed line, broadband, mobile operators and enterprise customers through our integrated communications and commerce platforms.

 

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Billing and Commerce Services:    Our licensed and managed solutions for prepay billing customers deliver rating and billing services. Our full suite of billing and commerce services includes Billing Services, Global Consulting Services for Billing, Real-Time Rating and Payment Services, Real-Time Roaming Services, and Settlement and Exchange Services.

 

Connectivity and Interoperability Services:    Through our Connectivity and Interoperability Services, we provide connections and services that signal and route information within and between telecommunication carrier networks.

 

   

SS7 Connectivity and Signaling Services:    Our Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) network is an industry-standard system of protocols and procedures that is used to control telephone communications and provide routing information in association with vertical calling features, such as calling card validation, local number portability, toll-free number database access and caller identification.

 

   

Voice and Data Roaming Services:    We offer wireless carriers roaming services using the ANSI-41 and GSM Mobile Application Part signaling protocols that allow carriers to provide support for roamers visiting their service area and for their customers when they roam outside their service area. Our International Roaming Services manage signaling conversion and implementation anomalies between different countries to provide activation processing, seamless international roaming, international customer care, and fraud protection, while our Wireless Data Roaming Service enable carriers to offer wireless data roaming to their subscribers over Wi-Fi, CDMA2000 and GSM/GPRS networks.

 

 

 

Voice Over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) Services:    The VeriSign® IP Connect Services allow VoIP providers, cable operators, Multi-Service Operators and mobile operators to extend VoIP services across multiple access methods and provides routing directory services to support interconnection of VoIP networks. VeriSign’s directory routing services also enable efficient delivery of mobile messaging and mobile content.

 

Intelligent Database Services:    Through our Intelligent Database Services, we enable carriers to find and interact with network databases and conduct database queries that are essential for many advanced services, including the following:

 

   

Calling Name (“CNAM”) Database Services:    With our CNAM Database Services, carriers can enable enhanced caller ID for wireline, broadband, and wireless devices; store subscriber names in the database accessible by all major CNAM providers for call delivery; and minimize inaccurate call information and reduce unavailable data responses on inbound calls.

 

   

Line Information Database (“LIDB”) Services:    LIDB Services provide subscriber information (such as the subscriber’s service profile and billing specifications) to other carriers enabling them to respond to calls (e.g., whether to block certain calls, allow collect calls, etc.).

 

   

Number Portability Services:    Our Number Portability Services deliver essential network and database capabilities so providers can port numbers, route calls to ported numbers, and process orders when subscribers change service providers.

 

   

Toll-free Database Services:    Leveraging VeriSign’s SS7 network, our Toll-free Database Services allow customers to complete toll-free calls throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

On March 2, 2009, we entered into a binding agreement to sell our Communications Services business to Transaction Network Services, Inc. for $230.0 million subject to certain adjustments to reflect normal fluctuations in working capital. The transaction is subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act review, and the agreement contains customary closing conditions. The parties anticipate that the transaction will close within 60 days.

 

 

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Communications Services

 

Our Communications Services business provides communications services, such as Billing and Commerce Services, Connectivity and Interoperability Services and Intelligent Database Services. The Billing and Commerce Services primarily include our Billing Services, Global Consulting Services for Billing, Real-Time Rating and Payment Services, Real-Time Roaming Services, and Settlement and Exchange Services. The Connectivity and Interoperability Services primarily include our Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) Connectivity, Voice and Data Roaming services, and Voice Over Internet Protocol Services. The Intelligent Database Services primarily include our Number Portability Services, Calling Name Database Services, Line Information Database Services and Toll-free Database Services.

 

On March 2, 2009, we entered into a binding agreement to sell our Communications Services business to Transaction Network Services, Inc. for $230.0 million subject to certain adjustments to reflect normal fluctuations in working capital. The transaction is subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act review, and the agreement contains customary closing conditions. The parties anticipate that the transaction will close within 60 days.

 

Communications Services

 

The Company’s Communications Services business provides communications services, such as Billing and Commerce Services, Connectivity and Interoperability Services and Intelligent Database Services. The Company’s Billing and Commerce Services primarily include its Billing Services, Global Consulting Services for Billing, Real-Time Rating and Payment Services, Real-Time Roaming Services, and Settlement and Exchange Services. The Company’s Connectivity and Interoperability Services primarily include its Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) Connectivity, Voice and Data Roaming services, and Voice Over Internet Protocol Services. The Company’s intelligent database services primarily include its Number Portability Services, Calling Name Database Services, Line Information Database Services and Toll-free Database Services.

 

On March 2, 2009, the Company entered into a binding agreement to sell its Communications Services business to Transaction Network Services, Inc. for $230.0 million subject to certain adjustments to reflect normal fluctuations in working capital. The transaction is subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act review, and the agreement contains customary closing conditions. The parties anticipate that the transaction will close within 60 days.

 

This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-Q filed Nov 7, 2008.

Communications Services

The Company’s Communications Services business provides communications services, such as connectivity and interoperability services, intelligent database services and clearing and settlement services. The Company’s Connectivity and interoperability services primarily include its Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) Connectivity and Voice and Data Roaming services. The Company’s intelligent database services primarily include its Number Portability, Caller Name Identification, Toll-free Database and TeleBlock Do Not Call Services. The Company’s clearing and settlement services primarily include its Clearinghouse services which serve as a distribution and collection point for billing information and payment collection for services provided by one carrier to customers billed by another.

This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-Q filed Aug 8, 2008.

Communications Services

The Company’s Communications Services business provides communications services, such as connectivity and interoperability services, intelligent database services and clearing and settlement services. The Company’s Connectivity and interoperability services primarily include its Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) Connectivity and Voice and Data Roaming services. The Company’s intelligent database services primarily include its Number Portability, Caller Name Identification, Toll-free Database and TeleBlock Do Not Call Services. The Company’s clearing and settlement services primarily include its Clearinghouse services which serve as a distribution and collection point for billing information and payment collection for services provided by one carrier to customers billed by another.

This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-K filed Feb 29, 2008.

Communications Services

 

Connectivity and Interoperability Services.    Through our connectivity and interoperability services, we provide connections and services that signal and route information within and between telecommunication carrier networks.

 

   

SS7 Connectivity and Signaling Services.    Our Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) network is an industry-standard system of protocols and procedures that is used to control telephone communications and provide routing information in association with vertical calling features, such as calling card validation, local number portability, toll-free number database access and caller identification. Our SS7 trunk signaling service reduces post-dial delay, allowing call connection almost as soon as dialing is completed which enables telecommunications carriers to deploy a full range of intelligent database services more quickly and cost effectively. By using our trunk-signaling service, carriers simplify SS7 link provisioning, and reach local exchange carriers and wireless carriers’ networks through our direct access to hundreds of carriers.

 

   

Voice and Data Roaming Services.    We offer wireless carriers roaming services using the ANSI-41 and GSM Mobile Application Part signaling protocols that allow carriers to provide support for roamers visiting their service area and for their customers when they roam outside their service area. This data is

 

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transported over the SS7 network, and we act as a network hub for carriers to efficiently deliver this data to roaming partners. Our International Roaming service manages signaling conversion and implementation anomalies between different countries to provide activation processing, seamless international roaming, international customer care, and fraud protection, while our Wireless Data Roaming service enables carriers to offer wireless data roaming to their subscribers over Wi-Fi, CDMA2000 and GSM/GPRS networks.

 

 

 

Voice Over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) Services.    The VeriSign® IP Connect service allows VoIP providers, cable operators, Multi-Service Operator’s (“MSO”) and mobile operators to extend VoIP services across multiple access methods and provides routing directory services to support interconnection of VOIP networks. VeriSign’s directory routing services also enable efficient delivery of mobile messaging and mobile content. VeriSign® SIP-7 Service integrates Session Initiation Protocol (“SIP”) based VoIP platforms with the existing SS7 network, allowing interconnection between IP networks and the Public Switch Telephone Network.

 

   

CALEA Compliance Services.    Our NetDiscovery services help telecommunications carriers to meet the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) through provisioning, access and delivery of call information from carriers to law enforcement agencies.

 

Intelligent Database Services.    Through our Intelligent Database services, we enable carriers to find and interact with network databases and conduct database queries that are essential for many advanced services, including the following:

 

   

Number Portability.    Our Number Portability services deliver essential network and database capabilities so providers can port numbers, route calls to ported numbers, and process orders when subscribers change service providers.

 

   

Calling Name (“CNAM”) Database Services.    With our CNAM Database services, carriers can enable enhanced caller ID for wireline, broadband, and wireless devices; store subscriber names in the database all major CNAM providers access for call delivery; and minimize inaccurate call information and reduce unavailable data responses on inbound calls.

 

   

Line Information Database (“LIDB”).    LIDB provides subscriber information (such as the subscriber’s service profile and billing specifications) to other carriers enabling them to respond to calls (e.g., whether to block certain calls, allow collect calls, etc.).

 

   

Toll-free Database Services.    Leveraging VeriSign’s SS7 network, our Toll-free Database services allow customers to complete toll-free calls throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Telecommunications Consulting Services.    Our Telecommunication Consulting Services organization offers a full range of strategy and technology consulting, business planning, sourcing, and implementation services to help telecommunications operators and equipment manufacturers drive profitable new business and technology strategies.

 

This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-K filed Jul 12, 2007.

Communications Services

 

Connectivity and Interoperability Services

 

Through our connectivity and interoperability services, we provide connections and services that signal and route information within and between telecommunication carrier networks.

 

   

SS7 Connectivity and Signaling Services.    Our Signaling System 7 (“SS7”) network is an industry-standard system of protocols and procedures used to control telephone communications and provide routing information in association with vertical calling features, such as calling card validation, local number portability, toll-free number database access and caller identification. Our SS7 trunk-signaling service reduces post-dial delay, allowing call connection almost as soon as dialing is completed which enables telecommunications carriers to deploy a full range of intelligent database services more quickly and cost effectively. By using our trunk-signaling service, carriers simplify SS7 link provisioning, and reach local exchange carriers and wireless carriers’ networks through our direct access to hundreds of carriers.

 

   

Voice and Data Roaming Services.    We offer wireless carriers roaming services using the ANSI-41 and GSM signaling protocols that allow carriers to provide support for roamers visiting their service area and for their customers when they roam outside their service area. These services also allow number validation inside and outside carriers’ service areas by accessing our SS7 network. Our Interstandard Roaming service manages signaling conversion across protocols to provide activation processing, international customer care, end-user billing, and fraud protection, while our Wireless Data Roaming service enables carriers to offer wireless data roaming to their subscribers over Wi-Fi, CDMA2000 and GSM/GPRS networks.

 

   

Voice Over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) Services.    The VeriSign® IP Connect service allows VoIP providers, cable operators and MSOs to extend VoIP services across multiple access methods to enterprise customers. VeriSign® SIP-7 Service integrates Session Initiation Protocol (“SIP”) based VoIP platforms with the existing SS7 network, allowing interconnection between IP networks and the Public Switch Telephone Network.

 

   

CALEA Compliance Services.    Our NetDiscovery services enable telecommunications carriers to meet the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act through provisioning, access and delivery of call information from carriers to law enforcement agencies.

 

 

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Intelligent Database Services

 

Through our Intelligent Database services, we enable carriers to find and interact with network databases and conduct database queries that are essential for many advanced services, including the following:

 

   

Number Portability.    Our Number Portability services deliver essential network and database capabilities so providers can port numbers, route calls to ported numbers, and process orders when subscribers change service providers.

 

   

Calling Name (“CNAM”) Database Services.    With our CNAM Database services, carriers can enable enhanced caller ID for wireline, broadband, and wireless devices; store subscriber names in the database all major CNAM providers access for call delivery; and minimize inaccurate call information and reduce unavailable data responses on inbound calls.

 

   

Line Information Database (“LIDB”).    LIDB provides subscriber information (such as the subscriber’s service profile and billing specifications) to other carriers, enabling them to respond to calls (e.g., whether to block certain calls, allow collect calls, etc.).

 

   

Toll-free Database Services.    Leveraging VeriSign’s SS7 network, our Toll-free Database services allow customers to complete 8xx calls throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-K filed Mar 13, 2006.

Communications Services

 

Network Connectivity and Interoperability Services

 

Through our network connectivity and interoperability services, we provide connections and services that signal and route information within and between telecommunication carrier networks.

 

    SS7 Connectivity and Signaling Services.    Our Signaling System 7, or SS7, network, is an industry-standard system of protocols and procedures that is used to control telephone communications and provide routing information in association with vertical calling features, such as calling card validation, local number portability, toll-free number database access and caller identification. Our SS7 trunk signaling service reduces post-dial delay, allowing call connection almost as soon as dialing is completed which enables telecommunications carriers to deploy a full range of intelligent database services more quickly and cost effectively. By using our trunk-signaling service, carriers simplify SS7 link provisioning, and reach local exchange carriers and wireless carriers’ networks through our direct access to hundreds of carriers.

 

    Wireless Roaming Services.    We offer wireless carriers seamless roaming services using the ANSI-41 and GSM signaling protocols that allow carriers to provide support for roamers visiting their service area and for their customers when they roam outside their service area. This service also allows number validation inside and outside carriers’ service areas by accessing our SS7 network. Our Interstandard Roaming service manages signaling conversion across protocols to provide activation processing, international customer care, end-user billing, and fraud protection, while our Wireless Data Roaming service enables carriers to offer wireless data roaming to their subscribers over Wi-Fi, CDMA2000 and GSM/GPRS networks.

 

    Voice Over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) Services.    Our Wireless IP Connect service is a managed service that allows wireless operators to provide full VoIP-to-wireless roaming to their subscribers, while our IP Connect Suite allows VoIP providers, cable operators and MSOs to extend VoIP services across multiple access methods to enterprise customers. VeriSign SIP-7 Service integrates SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)-based VoIP platforms with the existing SS7 network, allowing seamless interconnection between IP networks and the Public Switch Telephone Network (“PSTN”).

 

    Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (“CALEA”).    Our NetDiscovery services enable telecommunications carriers to meet the requirements of CALEA through provisioning, access and delivery of call information from carriers to law enforcement agencies.

 

Intelligent Database Services

 

We enable carriers to find and interact with network databases and conduct database queries that are essential for many advanced services, including the following:

 

    Number Portability.    Local Number Portability (“LNP”) and Wireless Number Portability (“WNP”) allow telephone subscribers to switch local service providers while keeping the same telephone number.

 

    Calling Name (“CNAM”) Delivery.    Our CNAM Delivery service enables carriers to query regional Bell operating companies and major independent carriers and provide customers with caller identification services.

 

    Line Information Database (“LIDB”).    LIDB provides subscriber information (such as the subscriber’s service profile and billing specifications) to other carriers enabling them to respond to calls (e.g. whether to block certain calls, allow collect calls, etc.).

 

    Toll-free Database Services.    Leveraging VeriSign’s SS7 network, our toll-free services allow customers to complete 8xx calls throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

    TeleBlock Do Not Call (“DNC”).    TeleBlock DNC provides telemarketers with a DNC management tool that automatically screens and blocks outgoing calls to national, state, third-party and in-house DNC lists.

 

 

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