AT&T Receives Frost and Sullivan Market Leadership Award for U.S. Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Services

Dallas, Texas, Palo Alto, California, June 14, 2010

AT&T* today announced that it has received the Market Leadership Award for U.S. Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Services from global research and growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The award is presented to the company that has demonstrated accomplishments in marketing Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Services.

The award from Frost & Sullivan recognizes AT&T's combination of excellent marketing strategy and utilization of strategic acquisitions to effectively sell a broad portfolio of offerings. According to Frost & Sullivan, AT&T held first position, in terms of revenue share, in U.S. Wholesale Carrier Ethernet services, with a revenue share of 27 percent, thus retaining its leadership position.

“With its extensive portfolio, extended footprint and in-depth knowledge of different wholesale customer segments, AT&T is in a unique position to tap the market potential,” said Roopashree Honnachari, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

According to Frost & Sullivan, wireless carriers, as a customer segment for wholesale Ethernet, was the single largest segment driving double digit revenue growth in 2009. Wholesale carriers saw great demand for Ethernet both for mobile backhaul and aggregation, and Frost & Sullivan expects this trend to continue. AT&T Wholesale saw significant demand from the wireless operator space in 2009 for its Ethernet services, both at cell sites as well as aggregation networks. Frost & Sullivan also noted that ISPs continue to buy high-speed Ethernet ports for IP transit applications and represent a significant revenue share.

The growth of mobile broadband is driving significant opportunities and AT&T Wholesale offers a suite of solutions to help customers take advantage of these opportunities. Wholesale customers are migrating services to Ethernet – the scalability, lower equipment cost, and the continued rise of VoIP are all factors in the surge in the interest for Ethernet-based services.

“Ethernet is a key technology in the networking solutions we design, deploy and manage for our wholesale customers. This award underscores our commitment to providing customers with carrier-class Ethernet solutions to deliver high performance and help manage the substantial growth we are seeing,” said Sherry Charles, vice president, Wholesale and GEM Solutions Marketing, AT&T Operations, Inc. “It’s critical for us to scale as demand increases to not only support today’s unprecedented growth in mobile data traffic, but also the future demands of next-generation networks.”

AT&T Wholesale offers carrier-class Ethernet solutions that meet the stringent quality, reliability, capacity and redundancy demands of carriers, wireless operators, cable providers, ISPs and content providers. The portfolio is widely available, covering more than 360 metro areas and 240 long distance POPs, extensive interconnections with certified Ethernet access suppliers, and more than 36 countries via a common MPLS core network. AT&T’s entire suite of Ethernet services was certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) test lab and passed the industry association’s most stringent MEF-14 evaluation for performance.

Whether wholesale customers are looking to help end-user customers meet their businesses' requirements for Ethernet access for small branch offices, high speed capacity to mission-critical data centers, or end-to-end connectivity for their own network, AT&T Wholesale has a flexible solution.

  • Seamless inter-networking and ability to mix speeds by location and application to support high-speed data, VoIP and video applications
  • Switched solutions starting at 2 Mbps and point-to-point solutions starting at 50Mbps

For the complete selection of AT&T Wholesale offerings, visit

*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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