AT&T commits $1 billion to upgrade business network capabilities

AT&T is so confident that its business customer base will continue to consume more and more high-end services in 2010 that it is going to plunk down $1 billion to expand its application, mobile and cloud services capabilities.

At first blush it may appear that the company is going on a new spending splurge, but AT&T says the 2010 business service and network investments are part of its existing capital plan. Included in the plan will be new investments in various service areas including: application services (cloud services, telepresence and unified communications); enterprise mobility (both LTE and WiFi); vertical industry application focus (finance, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education and government sectors); and SMB services (includes access to new services such as its 24 Mbps downstream broadband data service).

Along with expanding its domestic service capabilities, AT&T will also expand its global MPLS network with IPv6 capabilities, add new subsea cable capacity and expand its digital media offerings.

Investing in its business network capabilities is nothing new for AT&T. With the addition of this year's $1 billion commitment, AT&T has invested more than $4 billion since 2006.

For more:
- see the release here

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