AT&T* today announced the selection of Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and Juniper Networks as its Domain Suppliers for IP/MPLS/Ethernet/Evolved Packet Core equipment needed for its industry-leading IP-based network.
The multi-year selection covers equipment used to route and forward IP packet traffic (voice, video, and data) through AT&T’s network. Financial terms of the agreements with the suppliers were not disclosed.
“After conducting an extensive review of multiple IP/MPLS/Ethernet/Evolved Packet Core equipment suppliers, we’re pleased to extend long-standing relationships with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and Juniper Networks,” said Tim Harden, President of AT&T’s Supply Chain and Fleet Operations organization. “AT&T’s selection of these three industry-leading suppliers as Domain Suppliers showcases our ongoing commitment to meet the quality expectations of our customers today, while preparing for the demands of tomorrow.”
AT&T’s Domain Supplier program, launched in September 2009, facilitates a more collaborative relationship with its equipment and software suppliers, enabling AT&T to have the best technologies in place to serve its customers. The program is also designed to ensure that the company’s network technology investment accelerates AT&T’s move toward a network that is well-equipped for the future.
Domain Suppliers will support AT&T in its continual efforts to innovate and invest in one of the world’s most advanced and powerful networks. The AT&T network carries 18.7 petabytes of IP and data traffic on an average business day, the equivalent of transporting the entire digitized Library of Congress more than 250 times. This traffic volume has doubled over the last four years. The network includes more than 880,000 route miles of fiber-optic cable.
AT&T in January announced total 2010 capital expenditures are expected to be between $18 billion and $19 billion, a level framed by the expectation that regulatory and legislative decisions relating to the telecom sector will continue to be sensitive to investment.