AT&T Wins Three-Year Regional MPLS Networking Contract

att_header_logo.gifAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that it has entered into a two-year networking contract with First Data International for the provision of a new MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) in Southeast Asia.

The new network will connect First Data offices in Sydney, Hong Kong, and the newly opened Singapore office. Long established in Australia, First Data provides a range of electronic payment processing services, including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) switching, device driving, credit card, and merchant account processing services. The AT&T solution will give First Data's staff in both Sydney and Singapore an integrated, converged VPN solution for voice and data.

"We were looking for a flexible, efficient solution that we could leverage with existing technology and would meet our existing and future requirements," said Brett Morelli, vice president of network services at First Data. "The AT&T MPLS core provides us with a fast, triangular routing solution between our offices in Sydney and Singapore."

This agreement is AT&T's first local deal in Australia, as its continues to ramp up its presence in the region. First Data and AT&T also have a significant global networking agreement in the United States.

"We are excited about the opportunity to work with First Data here in Australia," said Jeyan Jeevaratnam, managing director of AT&T Australia/New Zealand. "We already have a long- term global agreement with them in the United States. This is the first collaborative opportunity we've had in this region, and we are certain that we have the experience and network reach to support and help First Data grow its business"

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