AT&T Named "Best National U.S. Wholesale Provider" in Capacity Magazine's Second Annual Global Wholesale Awards
San Antonio, Texas, November 13, 2006
Amersterdam, Netherlands — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that AT&T has further solidified its position as a leading provider of wholesale services, receiving the "Best National U.S. Wholesale Provider" award from Capacity magazine, as part of the publication's second annual Global Wholesale Awards. The award was announced at the Capacity Europe 2006 conference in Amsterdam.
Capacity is the only monthly publication that focuses on the latest business techniques and strategies for bringing innovation and efficiency to the global wholesale telecommunications industry. The judging panel for the awards included leading telecom industry analysts from the Yankee Group, Ovum and ATLANTIC-ACM as well as the editors of Capacity.
"AT&T won the "Best National U.S. Wholesale Provider" award based on the reach of the AT&T network, quality and performance of the network, as well as the company's successful integration post-AT&T and SBC merger," said Mark Kemp, CEO and editor in chief of Capacity. The award was judged on five factors: quality and performance of network, reach of network, speed to market, pricing strategy and investment in network.
"Our award-winning network that supports the convergence of voice, data, and video is key to helping our customers extend their reach and maximize their potential in a rapidly changing business environment," said Sherry Charles, vice president of AT&T Wholesale Marketing, AT&T Enterprise Services, Inc. "From Day One, the AT&T-SBC merger integration has been customer-focused to simplify and improve processes and make the transition easy for customers. We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to deliver reliable, cost-effective solutions built on a robust network infrastructure, and this award substantiates our leadership."
AT&T operates one of the largest, most sophisticated and secure communications networks in the world. AT&T's longstanding tradition of network performance, reliability, quality, innovation and security form the cornerstones of the services portfolio. AT&T's U.S. networks consistently deliver more than 99.99 percent network reliability, including more than 99.99 percent IP/MPLS network availability, through proactive 24x7 network monitoring.
AT&T has one of the largest voice networks in the U.S. Its transport facilities consist of more than 80,000 route miles of fiber optic cable, including 14,872 miles of next-generation fiber capable of supporting OC768. Overlaid with an intelligent optical network and over 6,700 SONET rings, AT&T has one of the largest and most reliable IP/MPLS networks in the U.S. connecting 36 cities via multiple OC48/OC192 links and more than 100 smaller cities to the backbone with multiple OC3s in a star configuration. Earlier this year, AT&T announced its intention to upgrade core routes within its IP network to OC768.
As a leading provider of wholesale services, AT&T provides complete end-to-end solutions locally and globally for carriers, wireless operators, cable providers, systems integrators and Internet service providers. The company can help businesses grow by extending their footprint, strengthening their network infrastructure, making their internal business operations more efficient and complementing their existing offers with value-added application services.
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