Henkel Selects AT&T to Deliver Global IP Network to Support Worldwide Operations

Agreement allows one of Germany's most global businesses to reduce cost and enhance efficiency companywide; managed services and advanced applications, deployed on a global scale key to multi-million dollar agreement

Frankfurt, Germany, July 14, 2010

AT&T* today announced that Henkel, a leader in the global marketplace, distributing leading brands and technologies worldwide, has selected AT&T as its lead global provider for its global communications requirements in a five-year multi-million dollar agreement.    

By working with the best in class global suppliers, such as AT&T, Henkel aims to make the best use of its information technology assets, reduce costs, and improve the quality of its services. Henkel aims to improve intercompany collaboration and to better enable the company to meet the needs of its customers worldwide. 

AT&T will manage the worldwide global network infrastructure supporting Henkel’s 50,000 employees in more than 100 countries. The key focus of the deal will see AT&T support a range of managed services across its network to Henkel locations worldwide.

By providing a global Internet Protocol (IP) network to Henkel, AT&T will be able to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of services and give Henkel the foundation to deploy scalable, resilient, and secure transformation applications and services, such as IP telephony, collaboration tools, such as video conferencing and web-meeting services, and other managed network services throughout their global operations.

AT&T is providing Henkel with a bespoke integrated eBonding solution for Ticketing and Ordering, which is geared at providing improved productivity, flexibility, as well as an increase in the speed and accuracy of their network transactions.  AT&T eBonding, which is part of the AT&T BusinessDirect® Portfolio, enables a customer's internal systems to interact directly with AT&T's internal systems through an XML interface to accomplish high volumes of network-management tasks without human intervention. 

In addition to this core networking agreement, Henkel will also have the benefits of AT&T’s wireless services in the U.S.. AT&T will provide mobility solutions to around 2,500 Henkel employees in the U.S., supporting a variety of devices and applications including smartphones, 3G data service, and cellular voice services. 

“AT&T understands our network requirements and supports us in fulfilling the needs of our IT users better and more cost effectively. This is why we have chosen AT&T as our preferred global supplier for the corporation,” explained Dr. Peter Wroblowski, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Henkel.

“With the support of AT&T, Henkel will have access to an optimized network structure around the world and the opportunity to concentrate more strongly on its core business processes. Our solutions aim to provide Henkel with significant increases in efficiency, flexible services and easier management,” added Tom Regent, head of AT&T in Europe, Middle East & Africa. “By providing a globally consistent IP platform, Henkel has access to a flexible technology foundation to support its worldwide operations to meet the on-going development of its business.”

*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 Henkel
Henkel has been committed to making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful for more than 130 years. A Fortune Global 500 company, Henkel offers strong brands and technologies in three areas of competence: Home Care, Personal Care and Adhesive Technologies. Each day, about 50,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling Henkel's claim "A Brand like a Friend”. In fiscal 2009, Henkel generated sales of 13,573 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,364 million euros.

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. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also 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-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV 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 Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine. 

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