TNCI Signs Long-Term Wholesale Contract with AT&T for Voice, Data and IP Networking Solutions

Dallas, Texas, July 21, 2009

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AT&T* today announced that TNCI, a leading national telecommunications provider, has signed a multi-year wholesale contract with AT&T for a suite of communications services. The set of services that AT&T is selling to TNCI will enable it to provide an expanded portfolio of voice and data services to its customers. TNCI sells a broad range of solutions through its nationwide independent agent channel to small and medium businesses.

Under the agreement, AT&T will provide AT&T Network Connection (ANC), AT&T Voice Over Internet Protocol (IP) Connect Service (AVOICS), and AT&T Private Network Transport (PNT) service to TNCI. TNCI also uses AT&T local voice services under an existing contract.

TNCI is well known for its dedication to the independent agent channel and requires a product portfolio aligned with the needs of the business community nationwide. Redefining its role in the channel and recasting the mold of what a traditional ‘reseller’ looks like, TNCI developed and deployed its own TNCI suite of TNCInet™ Advantage private IP solutions.

“Our agreement with AT&T is an important step forward in a strategy that began with our TNCInet™ Advantage network deployment. We must deliver solutions that address the issues customers face today while making it possible for them to benefit from the latest available technology. Our agents must offer customers demonstrable improvements in cost, productivity, and efficiency while paving the way for the future of their business as well,” said Brian Twomey, president of TNCI. “We chose AT&T for its synergy with our strategy including proven service portfolio, single interface, provisioning and project management, so that we can focus on our agents and customers.”

“We are pleased that TNCI selected AT&T to support its business requirements, and are committed to providing our wholesale customers with the network-driven capabilities and applications they need to successfully compete in today’s environment,” said Sherry Charles, vice president, Wholesale and GEM Solutions Marketing, AT&T Business Solutions.

ANC and AVOICS are AT&T’s flagship wholesale voice TDM and IP voice platforms backed by the quality, reliability and reach of the AT&T global network. ANC provides high-volume unbranded transport and termination of long distance voice traffic over the AT&T network. As VoIP is increasingly being utilized, TNCI needed a proven network to deliver the service. AVOICS offers IP-based connectivity to AT&T's network and termination of IP voice traffic over the Public Switched Telephone Network.

With the AT&T PNT service, TNCI will be able to offer its customers a flexible path to migrate from legacy data networks to a high performing, scalable IP-based network with the security and reliability demanded by its customers. PNT is a network-based IP VPN solution over the AT&T IP network, utilizing Multiprotocol Label Switching, an advanced switching technology. With class of service options and any-to-any characteristics that prioritize similar types of traffic from any network configuration, the AT&T PNT service makes it easy for TNCI’s customers to deploy emerging applications, add bandwidth at specific sites and receive great performance from real-time services.

*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.

About TNCI
Founded in 1991, TNCI is a fast-paced, privately held national, CLEC, VoIP Network Provider and voice and data communications reseller focused 100 percent on servicing businesses across the U.S. Through long-term relationships with the industry's most advanced and reliable carriers, TNCI offers quality voice and data solutions at the best possible rates. The TNCI portfolio contains a robust suite of services and solutions including the TNCInet™ Advantage private IP platform – Integrated, SIP Trunking and DIA, Long Distance, DSL, Data Services and Conferencing. TNCI corporate headquarters is located in Boston. For more information please visit www.tncii.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. 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. 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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