AT&T Wins 13-Site VPN and Remote Access Contract from TPO Displays
Mobile Display Solutions Provider Expects to Save Nearly US$1 Million Annually
San Antonio, Texas, February 7, 2007
Taipei, Taiwan — AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced that TPO Displays Corp (TPO) has selected AT&T to deploy a Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution to connect TPO's multiple sites with support for voice and data communications. Formed in June 2006 by the merger of Taiwan's Toppoly Optoelectronics Corp. and Netherlands-based Philips Mobile Display Systems (MDS) unit, TPO has become one of the world's leading providers of mobile display solutions.
Under the two-year agreement valued at more than US$600,000, AT&T will connect TPO's 13 offices in 12 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Africa. This is one of the largest implementations of AT&T's VPN solution in the Asia Pacific region, and this solution will help TPO complete a complex integration of legacy IT infrastructure from Philips MDS and Toppoly, including the seamless transfer of voice and data services to connect TPO's diverse locations. As part of the agreement, AT&T will also deploy the AT&T Network-based VPN Remote Access solution, which will provide extended roaming and Wi-Fi services for remote access users with simultaneous secure access to both the Internet and intranet, among a host of other features.
"Integrating the various IT systems of the two founding partners of TPO is an immense challenge with the scale and geographic spread of our operations. Moreover, our existing networks were not enabled for voice communication," said Mr. YY Chang, vice president of TPO. "After a stringent evaluation process, we chose AT&T for their capabilities in managing such a complex networking project as well as for the flexibility in the solution offered, which is tailored to meet our unique requirements. With this deployment, we expect cost savings to nearly US$1 million annually."
Before the merger of MDS and Toppoly, the companies used International Private Lines (IPL), which was no longer a viable option for TPO. With the company running its critical ERP systems across the network, it was very important to find a robust, reliable and scalable solution that would meet TPO's future plans as well.
"We are very pleased that TPO has chosen AT&T for this challenging networking project," said Scott Lin, AT&T Taiwan general manager. "We are working very closely with TPO to ensure the success of this deployment. We expect to continue to support them with advanced and cost-effective network integration services after the completion of this project."
"AT&T has been very customer-centric with the solution they offered and the level of service and project management they provide," added Mr. Chang of TPO. "This project involved very different and complex systems. Yet, AT&T is demonstrating exemplary project management in handling complex systems, technology and multiple locations to deliver on schedule."
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