AT&T and DIRECTV Extend Decadelong Business Relationship
AT&T to Provide Voice, Data and MPLS Services
El Segundo, California, December 21, 2006
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that AT&T has extended its relationship with DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading provider of digital satellite television service. DIRECTV will continue its current OneNet® contract for an additional year at a value of $33 million. AT&T's OneNet Service provides a flexible solution for companies, like DIRECTV, that have a need for multiple communications technologies.
Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will continue to provide DIRECTV with toll-free 800, Advanced Features and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Frame Relay services that support 18 call centers and approximately 60 corporate WAN points of presence. AT&T will also begin to provide Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) services, which will allow DIRECTV to employ Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in its call center support and enterprise networks.
"DIRECTV relies on AT&T to connect our vast call center network, ensuring that DIRECTV's more than 15 million customers have easy access to customer service representatives on a 24/7 basis," said Mike Benson, executive vice president and chief information officer, DIRECTV, Inc. "The services that AT&T provides for DIRECTV enable us to better control costs while gaining the flexibility that we need in order to support our top-rated customer service operations."
The agreement confirms DIRECTV's relationship with AT&T, which spans more than 10 years.
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DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 15.6 million customers through exclusive content, industry-leading customer service (which has surpassed cable for six years running) and superior technologies. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy over 250 channels of 100% digital picture and sound; exclusive programming and the most comprehensive collection of sports programming available anywhere including NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, and MLB EXTRA INNINGS™. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan™, US Open Interactive and YES Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150 channels in HD. DIRECTV is approximately 39 percent owned by News Corporation. For the most up-to-date information on the Company, please visit www.directv.com.
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