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AT&T Well Positioned in Global Network Service Providers and Pan-European Network Service Providers Magic Quadrants

Thursday, April 07, 2011

AT&T Well Positioned in Global Network Service Providers and Pan-European Network Service Providers Magic Quadrants10:38 EDT Thursday, April 07, 2011DALLAS, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced it has been recognized in two Gartner Magic Quadrants in a highly competitive global marketplace. AT&T is acknowledged in this leading analyst firm's Magic Quadrants for Global Network Service Providers(1) and Pan-European Network Service Providers(2).The company's comprehensive portfolio of managed services, above-average service quality, and customer portal, AT&T BusinessDirect, contribute as key differentiators, in markets where service portfolio and quality are of increasing importance. AT&T's broad global network coverage for its services? including MPLS, Ethernet, and Internet? demonstrates its dedication to customers, by delivering a full portfolio of end-to-end reliable and highly secure network, voice, data and IP solutions to carriers, wireless operators, cable providers, systems integrators, Internet service providers and content providers. To attain the noteworthy position in Global Network Service Providers(1), vendors must "have a full portfolio of voice and data products, coupled with above-average service and support, wide global coverage, and competitive pricing. They have a strong vision that includes adopting more information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities, which is a strategy they articulate clearly and openly."The Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers(2) recognizes vendors who "have a full portfolio of voice and data services, including relatively new offerings in areas such as unified communications (UC) and Ethernet services. These services are delivered with good quality across a wide area of coverage at competitive prices by account teams that are typically closer to the customer." Gartner Global Network Service Providers(1) and Pan-European Network Service Providers(2) Magic Quadrants are graphical representations of the marketplaces at and for a specific time period. They depict Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner.AT&T provides the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, delivering voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 140 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 125 countries. Additionally, the company has significantly increased the number of global Wi-Fi hotspots accessible through roaming agreements by nearly 40 percent since the beginning of 2009. (1) Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers, 2011, Neil Rickard, Robert Mason, March 31, 2011. (2) Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Pan-European Network Service Providers, 2011, Neil Rickard, Katja Ruud, March 31, 2011.*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About Magic QuadrantThe Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About GartnerGartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. We deliver the technology-related insight necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, we are the valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,800 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, we work with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,300 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 80 countriesAbout AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates ? AT&T operating companies ? are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.  Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.© 2011 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.SOURCE AT&T Inc.For further information: Andrea McLaughlin of AT&T Corporate Communications, +1-908-234-6071, Andrea.McLaughlin@att.com