AT&T plans to invest approximately $1 billion in 2010 to scale its
delivery of applications, mobility and cloud services for global
companies, to expand small business services within the United States
and to continue extending its network globally.
The 2010 investment program for businesses is part of AT&T's overall
existing capital plan. With business customers seizing the
opportunities created by the continued proliferation of high speed
communication networks and mobile computing devices worldwide, AT&T's
2010 program includes:
* Scaling Application Services - enhancing AT&T's current
portfolio of flexible collaboration services and applications such as
managed hosting, cloud-based services, Telepresence, Unified
Communications, Digital Media Solutions and security.
* Enterprise Mobility Applications - continuing AT&T's focus on
delivering mobile solutions, applications and integrated devices to
companies of all sizes. This includes continued investment in LTE- and
Wi-Fi-based applications to support the dramatic increase in demand for
mobile broadband-based services.
* Vertical Industry Focus - creating and deploying applications in
the finance, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education and government
sectors, expanding its presence in emerging applications including
markets such as machine-to- machine communication and rolling out fixed
mobile convergence and location based solutions, along with mobile
platform and portal enhancements.
* Enhancing Small Business - deploying platforms and systems
across its 22-state U.S. footprint to deliver an enhanced customer
experience and to accelerate the provisioning of multiple products and
services. AT&T also plans to increase broadband speeds up to 24 Mbps
downstream where possible in more than 120 markets across AT&T's
22-state U.S. footprint.
* Global Network Expansion - continuing to build out its global
network to deliver services and applications to the markets and
geographies where multinational companies today are doing business
and/or housing their operations. The AT&T network now reaches countries
that represent 99% of the global economy.
"Despite the continuing challenges of today's economic environment, we
continue to deliver on our commitment to provide companies with the
network-centric capabilities and applications they need to enhance their
operations," said Ron Spears, President and CEO of AT&T Business
Solutions. "IP-based solutions and applications have become ever more
important to companies aiming to take their productivity to a new level
while transforming their operations to adapt to their customers'
Including this year's planned investment, AT&T will have invested more
than $4 billion since 2006 in business-focused network, systems and
applications to provide a globally consistent set of robust and
highly-secure services to the more than 3.5 million business customers
AT&T is capitalizing on the ongoing shift in network traffic from voice
to data and video - and more importantly to IP-based data and video - as
customers migrate from legacy data networks to MPLS-based virtual
private networks and managed applications.