AT&T to spend $1b on global apps, networks

AT&T plans to spend $1 billion (€747 million) this year expanding its networks and providing managed solutions and tailored apps for businesses in the US and elsewhere.
AT&T intends to capitalise on the “shift in network traffic… from legacy data networks to MPLS-based virtual private networks and managed applications,” the company said, announcing its global investment plan.
The carrier’s focus this year will be on providing managed hosting solutions, cloud-based services, telepresence, unified communications, digital media solutions and security services globally.
More money is also to be spent on vertically integrating apps in areas such as finance and healthcare, as well as on machine-to- machine communication and rolling out fixed mobile convergence and location- based solutions.
In the US, mobile arm AT&T Wireless will play a key role in delivering mobile solutions, applications and integrated devices to businesses over LTE and Wi-Fi.
On the network side, AT&T will deploy IPv6-capable MPLS nodes to support Layer 3 VPN and global managed internet services, including gigabit Ethernet customer access in 10 countries in Asia Pacific.
It will expand its global OPT-E-WAN service footprint from 31 countries to 37 countries.
“[AT&T will] deploy IPv6 capable MPLS core routers in Hawaii and Guam to provide an interconnection point for trans-Pacific cables between the US, Australia, Singapore, China and Japan to improve resiliency and performance in the Asia Pacific network,” the firm said.
AT&T will also add more than 350 Gbps of new submarine capacity between the US and Asia, and on infrastructure within Asia Pacific.

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