When National Grid needed to transform its business operations as it moved to develop a new generation of energy-management solutions, it turned to Verizon Business to design, implement and manage a new, highly flexible, global communications environment.

The Verizon team will be working alongside National Grid, an international electricity and gas company, to develop the company's new fully managed communications capability. Services will encompass wide and local area networks, telecommunications services, voice services, selected security services, as well as video conferencing.

National Grid expects this new global communications capability to help drive greater efficiency, adaptability and scalability in its IT ecosystem, and better position National Grid's IT infrastructure to support business improvement.

National Grid delivers gas and electricity to customers across Great Britain and the Northeastern United States. The company is a proponent of innovative energy management to help deliver clean, efficient and sustainable energy solutions to its customers.

As the company expanded, its global IT environment had become increasingly fragmented. The company therefore decided to reassess its technology investments to better align with its overall business strategy. It set out to identify a technology partner that could take on the role of transforming its business communications infrastructure, working alongside the company's in-house team.

The selection of Verizon as technology partner is part of companywide transformation of National Grid's information services, said David Lister, National Grid's global chief information officer. National Grid expects to spend more than $27 million in the next two years to modernize its networks and telecommunications infrastructure as part of its work with Verizon.