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AT&T to invest $1bn to upgrade network

Focuses on applications, mobility and cloud services for large businesses globally and small business markets in the US

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T said that it plans to invest approximately $1bn in 2010 to scale its delivery of applications, mobility and cloud services for global companies, to expand small business services within the US and to continue extending its network globally.

The new program, which is part of AT&T’s existing capital plan, includes scaling application services by enhancing its current portfolio of collaboration services and applications such as managed hosting, cloud-based services, telepresence, unified communications, digital media solutions and security.

AT&T said that it will continue investment in LTE- and Wi-Fi-based applications to support increase in demand for mobile broadband-based services as well as focus on vertical industry by creating and deploying applications in the finance, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education and government sectors.

The company also plans global network expansion and increase broadband speeds up to 24Mbps downstream where possible in more than 120 markets across its 22-state US footprint.

Since 2006, AT&T has invested more than $4bn in business-focused network, systems and applications for its business customers.

Ron Spears, president and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, said: 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.

“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’ changing needs.

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