AT&T Wins Three-Year Regional MPLS Networking Contract from First Data International
San Antonio, Texas, May 4, 2006
SYDNEY, Australia, — AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that it has entered into a two-year networking contract with First Data International for the provision of a new MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) in Southeast Asia.
The new network will connect First Data offices in Sydney, Hong Kong, and the newly opened Singapore office. Long established in Australia, First Data provides a range of electronic payment processing services, including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) switching, device driving, credit card, and merchant account processing services. The AT&T solution will give First Data's staff in both Sydney and Singapore an integrated, converged VPN solution for voice and data.
"We were looking for a flexible, efficient solution that we could leverage with existing technology and would meet our existing and future requirements," said Brett Morelli, vice president of network services at First Data. "The AT&T MPLS core provides us with a fast, triangular routing solution between our offices in Sydney and Singapore."
This agreement is AT&T's first local deal in Australia, as its continues to ramp up its presence in the region. First Data and AT&T also have a significant global networking agreement in the United States.
"We are excited about the opportunity to work with First Data here in Australia," said Jeyan Jeevaratnam, managing director of AT&T Australia/New Zealand. "We already have a long- term global agreement with them in the United States. This is the first collaborative opportunity we've had in this region, and we are certain that we have the experience and network reach to support and help First Data grow its business"
About First Data International
First Data International, part of First Data Corp. (NYSE:FDC), is a leading provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for financial institutions and merchants around the world. First Data International serves a diverse range of markets, leveraging global scale through a local presence and maintaining focus on individual client needs. It has more than 5,800 employees and operates across Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Canada, Australia and Asia-Pacific.
First Data serves 4.6 million merchant locations, 1,500 financial institutions and millions of consumers. First Data powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses around the world to buy goods and services using virtually any form of payment. The company's portfolio of services and solutions includes credit, debit, private-label, smart and stored-value card issuing and merchant transaction processing services; money transfer services; money orders; fraud protection and authentication solutions; check guarantee and verification services through TeleCheck; as well as Internet commerce and mobile solutions. Western Union, together with Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, make up one of the world's largest money transfer networks with more than 271,000 Agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com.
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