AT&T Wins MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Award

AT&T Selected as Winner for the Best Service Portfolio

New York, New York, December 15, 2009

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AT&T* has been recognized with a prestigious 2009 MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider award for the Best Service Portfolio. Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is a global industry alliance comprising more than 155 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable multiple system operators (MSOs), network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations.

AT&T was selected as the winner of the Best Service Portfolio category, which is awarded to the service provider that, in the opinion of the judges, has provided the most extensive range of Ethernet products to the greatest possible number of customers within the markets it serves.

“This year’s Service Provider Award winners truly demonstrated the advances in Carrier Ethernet services, a continued growth segment of the telecommunications industry,” said Nan Chen, MEF President. “Our judges selected AT&T for its comprehensive, innovative and quality portfolio of Ethernet services.”

“We are honored to receive the MEF Service Provider Award,” said Sanford Brown, Vice President, AT&T Connectivity and Metro Network Services. “The award underscores the breadth of AT&T’s Ethernet services, our extensive experience and commitment to helping customers worldwide improve operational efficiencies, increase speed to market and build customer loyalty.”

AT&T provides the most comprehensive suite of Ethernet services in the industry that offer easily scalable bandwidth for last mile applications with bandwidth requirements ranging from 512k to 10G and above. AT&T Ethernet solutions provide simple and economical options for optimizing increasing bandwidth demands with Metro Ethernet, Switched Ethernet and Wide-area Ethernet services.

MEF annual Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet services. The awards are determined by a judging panel comprised of up to 5 global and regional analysts, who are asked to rate and score each of the submissions relating to each award category. The winner of each category is the service provider with the highest combined score of all judges.

The MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards for APAC, Americas and International – 2009, were announced at concurrent MEF service provider dinners in Kuala Lumpur and New York, held in conjunction with the MEF’s participation at Carrier Ethernet World APAC Congress and Light Reading Ethernet Expo respectively on November 11, 2009.

*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 The MEF:
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 155 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org/

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 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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