AT&T and China Telecom sign agreement to expand relationship
China Telecom and AT&T have signed a strategic framework agreement to expand their existing relationship in order to deliver advanced global solutions to multinational companies.
This announcement builds upon the long-standing relationship between AT&T and China Telecom, and the success of Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications Co., Ltd. - a joint venture formed between AT&T, China Telecom and Shanghai Information Investment Co. in 2000 - the first Sino-foreign telecommunications services joint venture in China.
With this announcement, the two companies are working to expand AT&T’s existing IP-VPN service in China to allow broader national reach, greater technology choice, enhanced performance and reduced total cost of ownership, as multinational companies continue to expand their business in China.
The companies also intend to explore jointly deploying an expanded suite of VPN-based services, as well as advanced services like telepresence, managed hosting, cloud-based services, network integration services, and enterprise mobility solutions.
The companies will work to connect the China Telecom and AT&T MPLS-based IP networks in the United States, to provide the same world class global experiences for Chinese multinationals as they grow outside China.
They will explore the possibility of providing mutual support in other regions of the world and provide bilateral WiFi roaming as an additional access capability.
The agreement will simplify intercompany business processes and put in place tools to help both companies operate more efficiently.
Through the definitive agreements to be developed under the framework agreement, the parties hope to enable the delivery to multinational companies of a host of benefits, including:
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• Improved customer experiences in China in multiple areas such as access, network performance, operational support, contracting and billing arrangements;
• Even higher service levels; • Lower total cost of ownership;
• Shortened development time for new products and services.
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