AT&T Outlines 2006 Plans

US based carrier AT&T has announced details of its 2006 plans to expand its global network, providing enhanced connectivity in the US and around the world in order to meet the growing demands of its multinational enterprise customers.

AT&T is extending services, reach and access into additional locations in EMEA, Asia, Latin America and in the US, as part of the new AT&T’s previously announced $8 billion to $8.5 billion expected capital investment in 2006.

Highlights of the 2006 planned expansion include:

– Extended dedicated MPLS-based IP access capabilities, giving service nodes in 127 countries.
– Integration of 1000 legacy SBC nodes into AT&T’s global MPLS-based network.
– New network interconnections giving greater in-depth country coverage.
– Additional remote access points giving a total of more than 35,000 access points in 150 countries.
– Doubling DSL country coverage for business access, via alliance agreements with local carriers.
– Tripling Ethernet country connectivity.
– Enhanced satellite, Wi-Fi and wireless access.

“Customers are demanding a globally consistent set of services with high levels of reliability, cost-efficiency and automation. Through targeted investments AT&T can now provide dependable network access to 97 percent of the world economy,” said Forrest Miller, group president of AT&T Communications Corp., “AT&T has deployed the infrastructure and network interconnections to extend country coverage and reach the markets where our customers need us today. Through these new investments, we are committed to enhancing our portfolio so that we have the reach and technologies to serve our customers in the markets where they are growing or establishing their business.”