PepsiAmericas Awards $4.3 Million Networking Services Contract to AT&T
Converging Networks Onto Single Virtual Private Network Enhances Efficiency in U.S., Romanian and Hungarian Operations
Schaumburg, Illinois, April 16, 2008
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that PepsiAmericas (NYSE:PAS), the world's second-largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of PepsiCo beverages, has renewed a contract for communications and network operations services totaling more than $4 million. With the convergence of PepsiAmericas' current networks, PepsiAmericas employees will experience faster and more reliable access and transmission on the company's internal network.
Under terms of the three-year contract, AT&T will migrate PepsiAmericas' existing frame relay services over to AT&T's Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, which are supported by Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology. With the ease and increased synergies of a single network, PepsiAmericas' new VPN service will connect locations in the United States, Hungary and Romania, and it will enable the deployment of advanced voice, data and video applications.
AT&T has also provided PepsiAmericas with High Definition video-bridging technology that allows PepsiAmericas to easily connect all of their locations with a single click of a mouse. AT&T's video-bridging technology allows PepsiAmericas to connect business partners regardless of the video technology that others may use, and it provides proactive monitoring of the network and equipment. This also creates online reports on video applications and network performance, history and usage.
"As PepsiAmericas continues to deliver beverages to consumers everywhere, we recognized the importance of a single set of network services that work on the same global scale as we do," said Dave Edelheit, vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure, PepsiAmericas. "AT&T's MPLS network will not only bring our many locations onto a single fast-track platform, but it will give us the business velocity to better collaborate across business units and partners globally."
AT&T's MPLS technology is the steppingstone for convergence, allowing PepsiAmericas to better manage applications over the network while enhancing network reliability. The single network architecture also eases network management and monitoring responsibilities for PepsiAmericas.
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About PepsiAmericas, Inc.
PepsiAmericas is the world's second-largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of PepsiCo beverages with operations in 19 U.S. states, Central Europe; including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine; and the Caribbean. For more information on PepsiAmericas, please visit www.pepsiamericas.com.
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