AT&T Business Solutions Wins Four ATLANTIC-ACM Global Wholesale Carrier Excellence Awards

Dallas, Texas, January 23, 2009

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AT&T Business Solutions today announced that the AT&T Wholesale organization received four 2009 Global Wholesale Carrier Excellence Awards from ATLANTIC-ACM, a leading telecommunications research consultancy and benchmarking firm. The awards were announced this week at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) '09 Conference & Exhibition in Honolulu.

The awards are based on hundreds of wholesale customer evaluations of global carriers for the 2009 edition of ATLANTIC-ACM's Global Wholesale Carrier Report Card — the global wholesale industry's principal benchmarking study.

AT&T Wholesale won awards in the following categories:

  • Brand
  • Network
  • Customer Service
  • Voice Quality

"Not only did AT&T Wholesale win an impressive number of awards, but they also won or led several areas that we consider key drivers of customer satisfaction. AT&T Wholesale continues to back up its strong brand with robust operations and positive product reviews," said Judy Reed Smith, CEO, ATLANTIC-ACM.

"We are pleased to accept these prominent global awards," said Sherry Charles, vice president, Wholesale and GEM Solutions Marketing, AT&T Operations, Inc. "Maintaining strong relationships with our international carrier customers is essential in order to provide them with services that will help them achieve sustainable growth. AT&T Wholesale has the knowledge, resources and expertise to design, execute, manage and maintain the solutions that service providers need to effectively run their business and compete in today's global marketplace."

The 2009 Global Wholesale Carrier Report Card offers insight into the global wholesale carriers through over 1,200 ratings of carriers by their wholesale customers. Wholesale providers gain understanding of their market positions with respect to areas such as billing, provisioning, network, customer service and pricing. Wholesale customers gain access to carrier profiles detailing their product offerings as well as individual providers' strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive overview of the wholesale industry is included in the study.

In 2008, AT&T Wholesale extended its network deployment and management expertise to service provider customers in various parts of the world, establishing consultative business relationships that allow local or regional carriers to tap into lessons learned by the company over its more than a century of service. AT&T Wholesale's experience in implementing industry best practices and automating and streamlining processes helps carrier customers improve both quality of service and reliability. AT&T Wholesale's portfolio of consulting and professional services offers serves the needs of wholesale clients by helping them drive new opportunities or improvements in their own businesses. These focus areas include business continuity and disaster recovery, IT transformation and service management, unified communications, advanced IP infrastructure, security and IPTV assessment.

As a global leader, AT&T Wholesale delivers a full portfolio of end-to-end, reliable and highly secure network, voice, data and IP solutions to the six wholesale industry segments that it serves: carriers, wireless operators, cable providers, systems integrators, Internet service providers and content providers. The company is one of the largest wholesale transport and communications service providers in the world — maintaining connections to over 600 carriers in more than 220 countries and territories. AT&T Wholesale brings value to wholesale customers through its industry-leading solutions, full-circle business relationships and scale, scope and expertise.

For the complete selection of AT&T Wholesale offerings, visit www.att.com/wholesale.

About ATLANTIC-ACM
Boston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services serving the telecommunications and information industries. In addition to producing the industry's principal benchmarking, sizing and opportunity studies, the company assists clients in evaluating telecommunications opportunities for successful investment, market entry, and long-term planning. For more information, visit ATLANTIC-ACM's website at www.atlantic-acm.com.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation's fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation's leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's lists of the World's Most Admired Companies and America's Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

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