AT&T Wins Frost & Sullivan 2009 Market Leadership Award in Retail Carrier Ethernet Services

AT&T Captures Largest Market Share in Revenues

Dallas, Texas, July 17, 2009

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AT&T* today announced that it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009 Market Leadership Award in Retail Carrier Ethernet Services. The award recognizes AT&T for its comprehensive suite of carrier Ethernet services, encompassing access, E-Line and E-LAN.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the U.S. retail carrier Ethernet services market has emerged out of the early adopter stage and entered the growth phase with the market revenues growing rapidly. AT&T, with its broad portfolio of retail and wholesale Ethernet offerings, extended footprint and in-depth knowledge of the retail Ethernet space is in a unique position to tap the market potential to its benefit.

“We are honored to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan for our market leadership and ability to deliver a broad portfolio of Ethernet services scalable to customer needs,” said Sanford Brown, vice president AT&T Connectivity and Metro Network Services. “The award further validates AT&T’s ability to deliver best-in-class products and services to enable customers to accelerate business velocity.”

This year, AT&T expanded global reach for its Ethernet portfolio with the availability of a virtual private local area network service (VPLS) across Europe and Asia Pacific. AT&T’s VPLS service, called OPT-E-WANSM, enables businesses to link multiple locations – whether across the city or around the world – with the ease and efficiency of a flat Ethernet wide area network that can be extended globally. The service is now available in a total of 20 countries – United States; Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and United Kingdom, in Europe; and Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Japan in Asia Pacific. As announced previously, AT&T plans to have the service available in 31 countries by the end of the year.

“After evaluating all Ethernet services providers in the industry, we determined that AT&T displayed excellence in all areas of the market leadership process. AT&T continually demonstrated solutions for monitoring market changes and for implementing superior market strategies,” said Roopa Shree, senior industry analyst – business communications, Frost & Sullivan.

The recipient of this Award was selected based on revenue and market share within the industry. Through interviews with market participants and extensive secondary research of proprietary data sources, Frost & Sullivan evaluated all players in the industry to determine a winner.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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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. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseSM and AT&T | DIRECTVSM brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T’s Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

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