AT&T Leads Telecom Providers In Security, Stability And Recognition For Small And Medium Businesses

In-Stat Survey Places AT&T Over Competitors in Key Areas of Network Security, Financial Stability and Brand Familiarity

Phoenix, Arizona, March 31, 2008

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced that In-Stat, a leading provider of actionable research, market analysis and forecasts of advanced communications services, has recognized AT&T as a leader in the areas of network security, financial stability and brand familiarity for small to midsized business customers.

The survey findings distinguished AT&T as the most financially stable and recognizable provider. Nearly 90 percent of small business decision-makers surveyed indicated they were familiar with AT&T products and services, and 70 percent believed it to be the most financially secure provider.

According to Jeff Jernigan, In-Stat analyst, some providers are doing a good job, while others still have room to grow. "AT&T is clearly one of the more positively perceived providers," said Jernigan.

In-Stat's Business Telecom Trends Survey questioned more than 300 decision-makers from business with five to 99 employees about how they perceive their telecom providers.

Network security, a survey category in which AT&T excelled, is an important focus for the company. AT&T, for example, has invested millions of dollars to keep its global IP network secure, and the company continually works to discover new security threats and protection techniques.

"Better network security not only ensures more confidence and reliability, but also means that small business owners and IT professionals can concentrate on running business applications and services rather than patching up and repairing security breaches," said Ann Rotatori, vice president of Business Marketing for AT&T.

In-Stat also recognized AT&T as the strongest international provider for small businesses. AT&T international capabilities include a global network that provides a flexible, future-proof architecture to help meet customers' communications needs wherever they are in the world.

"Not all small businesses use our international network, but we want them to know it's a cost-effective option available to our customers," said Rotatori.

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About AT&T
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