AT&T Virtual Private Network Service Connects Pratt Industries Manufacturing Sites across the U.S.
VPN Solution Means Higher Bandwidth, Less Interoffice Paper for Environmentally Conscious Company
Conyers, Georgia, October 3, 2007
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today that Pratt Industries USA Inc., a leading, international paper and packaging company, will have AT&T implement a networking solution to accommodate recent and future growth in Pratt's telecommunications needs. Under the $2 million three-year contract, AT&T will upgrade Pratt's network services to a fully managed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN). Because IP is a standardized communications protocol, Pratt will be able to consolidate communications among its diverse manufacturing sites — including two mills that use 100 percent recycled paper — in more than 22 states and easily implement new sites as the company continues its mission to "harvest the urban forest."
In addition, Pratt's network services will use Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology. MPLS will allow Pratt to seamlessly mesh different types of legacy networking technologies, such as ATM and Frame Relay, and enable communication among locations by using different communications protocols at different sites. MPLS will also enable the company to prioritize network traffic and will permit Pratt to optimize bandwidth usage for business-critical applications. The prioritization of network traffic by using MPLS has allowed companies like Pratt to transition to Voice over IP, centrally host business applications and provide crystal-clear video conferencing among locations around the world.
"With our AT&T VPN services established, Pratt's telecommunications framework will enable growth in capabilities as we continue to increase our use of virtual and digital technology for managing information systems," said Brian McPheely, chief operating officer, Pratt Industries USA Inc.
The contracted solution will augment the Managed Internet Services (MIS) currently provided by AT&T.
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About Pratt Industries USA, Inc.
Pratt Industries, Inc. is the world's largest, privately-owned paper and packaging company with annual sales of more than $2 billion. The company, which employs 8,000 people in the U.S. and Australia, is dedicated to "Harvesting the Urban Forest for Better Packaging Solutions." The U.S. operations are based in Conyers, Georgia, and have shown dramatic growth over the past 10 years. Pratt Industries (USA) is now the 7th largest corrugated packaging company in America. Pratt is committed to four principles: service to our customers, the environment, jobs for Americans, and philanthropy.
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