AT&T plans big worldwide expansion in 2006

AT&T plans big worldwide expansion in 2006


AT&T Inc. is looking to provide enhanced coverage to all of its customers, both at home in the United States and throughout the world, including the extension of services and the addition of infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Indeed, the telecommunications giant is planning a capital investment in the neighbourhood of $8 billion this year.

The company recognizes the growing needs of its customers in the global market, particularly those with multinational enterprises who seek uniformity in service no matter where they happen to be, and not just in the United States. Accuracy, cost-efficiency, and automation are of utmost importance.

After this huge investment, AT&T says that it will be able to provide “reliable network access to 97 percent of the world economy,” which is quite an impressive figure to say the least. Among the upgrades to be expected are additional remote access points (bring the total to over 35,000 in 150 countries), doubling DSL country coverage, tripling Ethernet country connectivity, and integrating 1000 legacy SBC nodes into AT&T’s global MPLS-based network.