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June 23, 2005
BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- AT&T today announced it is further expanding its portfolio of global networking services for business customers and extending them into additional locations in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
AT&T announced global enhancements to its portfolio of IP VPN-based services, hosting, managed services and security offers, including Internet ProtectSM and said that by year-end, it will expand the reach and in-country coverage of its global portfolio in the following critical high-growth regions:
Reach – AT&T is deploying new access nodes in every region worldwide, including China, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, Qatar, Panama and United Arab Emirates.
In-country coverage – The company said it has established network interconnections with China Netcom and China Telecom. Network interconnections are also being established in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the UK. These complement AT&T’s previously announced network interconnections with Alestra’s network in Mexico and Unisiti in China. Additional interconnections are planned for later in the year.
AT&T also is increasing the breadth of supported access technologies, which have been integrated to provide a consistent end-to-end experience for global business customers. AT&T is providing:
global WiFi access from more than 9,200 hot spots in key business locations in 36 countries worldwide – increased from more than 5,000 at the end of 2004 – and has plans for a total of more than 15,000 by the end of 2005.
wired Ethernet to more than 1,700 locations globally, increased from 1,300 at the end 2004.
DSL expansion into Europe and Asia.
trials of WiMAX technology are being deployed in two key U.S. markets – New Jersey and Georgia – with a third site to be announced shortly.
“With these latest enhancements, we continue to drive deeply into the global markets where most of our enterprise customers do business today,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO David W. Dorman. “AT&T’s continuing investment globally builds on our market-leading position in the United States – where 40 percent of multi-national companies are headquartered - and extends our early mover advantage in the global market.”
AT&T’s global investments and the company’s recently announced alliances with Intel and Microsoft underscore the speed with which the company has transformed its business from a traditional telecommunications bandwidth provider to a leading integrator of enterprise and application networking solutions that leverage the flexibility and ubiquity of IP.
Between 2002 and year-end 2005 AT&T will have invested more than $10 billion in capital expenditures to update the network and integrate systems while further rationalizing its cost structure and growing next-generation services.
As early as 1998, AT&T began migrating its U.S. domestic and global networks to an IP-driven architecture, capable of globally deploying, monitoring and managing business customer networks worldwide. The network now has dedicated access to MPLS-based services from more than 1,500 service nodes in 80 countries worldwide. Remote access capabilities extend the reach to 149 countries.
The network is supported by unique network disaster recovery capabilities, allowing AT&T to provide industry-leading service level agreements for global IP performance, including best-in-class metrics in packet delivery and latency.
AT&T also provides managed hosting services from 26 Internet Data Centers worldwide – 13 within the U.S.; 13 outside of the U.S. In 2004 alone, AT&T opened five new data centers in Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and London.
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