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AT&T Inc. today announced the close of its Wayport, Inc. acquisition. The Wayport resources significantly advance AT&T’s strategy for deploying consumer Wi-Fi services that provide broadband access across devices, personalized for the user and location, and innovative business Wi-Fi applications designed to reduce operating costs and increase productivity. 

The Wayport deal adds local Wi-Fi network management and infrastructure expertise to AT&T’s world-class communications capabilities and brings its number of domestic hotspots to nearly 20,000 – the most of any U.S. provider. Globally, AT&T has nearly 80,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including roaming locations. 

Further advancing its Wi-Fi strategy, AT&T is nearing completion of the transition of thousands of Starbucks company-owned stores in the United States to AT&T Wi-Fi SM service, strengthening AT&T’s ability to personalize broadband access across devices and customer location.   

Specifically, customers at nearly 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations can now access a tailored, online experience – including local Starbucks content – while logging on to the Internet from their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptop computers and other devices.  

“Looking ahead, we see Wi-Fi as a strategic opportunity for AT&T,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.  “We plan to build on our leadership as the largest Wi-Fi provider – bringing more connectivity to more consumers – and working closely with our enterprise customers to enhance and personalize their customer communications and improve the efficiency of their operations.” 

According to Yankee Group, the number of Wi-Fi enabled wireless handsets will grow by at least 175 percent over the next three years. Other reports have projected that more than 1 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices, including wireless handsets, will be shipped in 2012.  AT&T is the provider of several popular Wi-Fi enabled devices including the iPhone 3G the BlackBerry® Boldâ„¢.  

AT&T continues to see a dramatic spike in Wi-Fi use. Combining both AT&T and Wayport customer use, Wi-Fi connections in November alone surpassed 2.5 million. AT&T drives Wi-Fi use by enabling free Wi-Fi access to nearly 15 million AT&T wired broadband customers, and millions more wireless customers, and is a leading provider of Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones.  

For businesses, AT&T Wi-Fi service personalizes their interaction with customers, and delivers innovative applications designed to reduce operating costs and increase productivity. Wi-Fi can enable such integral business tools as inventory management to provide real-time data on in-store stock volumes, product sales, forecasts and more.  These applications can be especially useful for the growing number of remote workers wanting access to their company’s enterprises anytime, anywhere. 

“As companies look to more cost-effectively ‘virtualize’ supply chains and conduct business around the globe, a single, managed Wi-Fi network is a critical element,” said Roberta Wiggins, Yankee Group. “A company that can deliver on this growing enterprise demand has a multibillion dollar market opportunity.”  

AT&T also managed the transition of Starbucks back-end store network to an innovative new solution – in addition to its customer facing Wi-Fi connections – giving Starbucks the robust infrastructure it needs to deliver new consumer experiences and business solutions while at the same time reducing their overall costs of the store network.

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AT&T is combining the power of its global network platform with a subscription-based PeopleSoft solution from Oracle to provide midsize companies in the U.S. with a better way to handle human resources, payroll and back-office operations.  

AT&T Inc. recently announced an end-to-end, hosted PeopleSoft payroll and payroll tax solution that combines AT&T’s business process outsourcing services with its innovative utility computing platform and application management capabilities. It gives companies the ability to use a PeopleSoft application to add employees quickly, track pay and benefits and connect with financial back-end systems while calculating payroll deductions.

The solution is targeted to midsize companies as a bundled package that includes a monthly, per-employee fee, which helps businesses reduce the upfront costs typically associated with a large, complex software implementation and softens the impact of license fees.  

The solution is delivered over AT&T’s next-generation Synaptic HostingSM platform that creates a virtual infrastructure that lets customers add computing capacity, bandwidth and storage space as needed. The platform further allows customers to adjust capacity quickly, while paying only for the amount used. In addition, AT&T is offering a fixed-fee, fast-track program for out-of-the-box PeopleSoft solutions that helps speed the installation time and cut costs when compared with a customized PeopleSoft implementation. 

The announcement builds upon the long, strategic relationship between AT&T and Oracle. AT&T is a PeopleSoft Application Hosting Partner and an Oracle PartnerNetwork Certified Advantage Partner. 

“The relationship between AT&T and Oracle is a testament to the commitment we share to each other’s success,” said Ronald E. Spears, president and chief executive officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “Today’s announcement is further proof of how the intelligence of AT&T’s network and its software service-based delivery model complements Oracle’s application solutions to make it possible for even more businesses to operate successfully at greater scale and velocity.”  

Keith Block, executive vice president, Oracle North America Sales, said: “We are excited to work with AT&T to address the need for a cost-effective, predictably priced human resource service for companies that prefer to focus their efforts on their core differentiators. This is especially true in today’s uncertain economic climate where companies of all sizes are looking for ways to reduce costs, increase flexibility and decrease business risk.”  

AT&T is committed to delivering, managing and supporting sophisticated applications of all types required by companies of all sizes. For example, AT&T today provides solutions for companies that want to extend their business-critical information to mobile employees through hand-held devices. AT&T recently announced new mobility services, AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications, that are designed to help companies in targeted vertical industries deliver mobile field service automation, sales force automation and information technology support for Oracle applications. 

As a Certified Advantage Partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, AT&T has a strong history of implementing and supporting hosted Oracle products including Oracle® Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) for multinational companies. OBIEE provides interactive dashboards with real-time analytics such as ad-hoc queries, alerts, enterprise and financial reporting in formats that are simple and intuitive to interpret. The dashboards are published and delivered over the AT&T network in familiar formats including mobile handsets.  

More information about AT&T’s hosting and application services can be found at

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DALLAS, Texas, and SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2008 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today the availability of multipoint, intercompany connectivity via the AT&T Telepresence Solution. The solution allows companies to extend Cisco TelePresence multipoint meetings beyond the enterprise boundary to help enable meetings with customers, suppliers and partners using the AT&T Business Exchange.

The AT&T Telepresence Solution creates unique, “in-person” experiences with the simplicity of a phone call as well as provides a “meet me” feature with a secure PIN code that simplifies intercompany calling — a key component and an industry-first feature that distinguishes the AT&T solution from any other telepresence offer available today. Cisco TelePresence Multipoint is the ability to bring many rooms together in a single meeting, so that people can sit face to face in one virtual meeting room, without any performance degradation.

AT&T Telepresence Solution now offers unique multipoint functionality and highly secure intercompany capabilities, which allow multiple locations within and between companies to connect to each other. These new capabilities represent the latest milestone in AT&T’s efforts to provide businesses with powerful and cost-effective collaboration tools while helping decrease costs associated with business travel.

“The availability of the multipoint capability demonstrates the progress AT&T and Cisco are making together in the delivery and continued development of the AT&T Telepresence Solution,” said Ronald E. Spears, president and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions. “The economic benefit to subscribers of the AT&T Telepresence Solution is now stronger than before — more locations in a highly secure, reliable, high-quality meeting environment can further reduce travel costs, shorten cycle time and improve decision making.”

Marthin De Beer, senior vice president for Emerging Technologies at Cisco, said: “We are very pleased to be working closely with AT&T to enable more businesses to receive the financial and productivity-enhancing benefits of Cisco TelePresence solutions. Now more than ever, companies need to make prudent business decisions in a cost-effective manner. Cisco TelePresence enables companies to improve productivity and reduce expenses while at the same time collaborate better and improve business innovation.”

The AT&T Telepresence Solution enables businesses to interact and collaborate with others, using the power of Cisco TelePresence to deliver life-size images via High Definition video (1080p) and spatial audio within a specially designed environment. This creates the experience of being in the same room with remote participants, whether they are down the street or halfway around the world.

The AT&T solution also features concierge service and a scheduling and administration portal, which complements common enterprise calendar applications, making it easy to schedule a multipoint intercompany call with just the push of a button.

The AT&T Telepresence Solution provides AT&T-owned Cisco TelePresence equipment, installation, full monitoring and management of the application, remote help desk service and on-site equipment maintenance and repair and works over AT&T Virtual Private Network transport. Three-screen and one-screen site options are available, based on the Cisco TelePresence System 3200, Cisco TelePresence System 3000, Cisco TelePresence System 1000 and Cisco TelePresence System 500 endpoints.

Cisco TelePresence, introduced in 2006, is Cisco’s fastest-growing new product category, with more than 200 customers and 1,000 systems worldwide. Cisco has also implemented more than 300 Cisco TelePresence rooms on its own internal network for productivity and effective collaboration.

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