AT&T readies its supply chain for the future

September 4, 2009

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DALLAS -- AT&T* today announced a major change in the way the company sources new technology for its core network. The company launched its Domain Supplier program to facilitate a more collaborative relationship with its equipment and software suppliers, making certain that AT&T has the best technologies in place to serve its customers.

The new Domain Supplier program also will ensure that the company's network technology investment accelerates AT&T's move toward a network that is well-equipped for the future. As a key part of the program, the company has established a number of "domains" - areas of the future network bounded by a particular technology set, such as wireline access.

Each domain will have two suppliers selected and pre-qualified by AT&T. The selected suppliers will work with AT&T to meet the company's current and future needs, representing a significant opportunity for them to work in that domain for a set multi-year period, though there is no guarantee of any business award. Within each of these domains are target technologies. For example, the wireline access domain includes technologies such as IP/DSLAM and FTTx.

"Customer expectations for network reliability have increased, and they are demanding speed to market for new technologies to satisfy today's ever-changing landscape," said Tim Harden, president, Supply Chain and Fleet Operations, AT&T. "We must continually challenge and collaborate with our equipment and software suppliers to improve their quality and step up to a higher level of performance. Our goal is to ensure that each investment in network infrastructure accelerates our move towards a network that enables the full promise of the Internet and other game-changing technologies."

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)

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