GM awards $1b contract to AT&T

US giant AT&T secured a deal to provide automotive leader General Motor's cutting-edge data network solutions, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press rpeort said GM gave AT&T the five-year, $1 billion global networking contract that will prepare the world's largest automaker for whatever electronic breakthroughs lie ahead.

The report said GM employees eventually will have the same telecommunications tools no matter where they are in the world, including common voice mail and conferencing abilities.

Because of the network, the quality will be the same in other countries as it is at GM's Detroit headquarters, the companies said.

Under the contract, AT&T also will manage all of GM's telecommunications suppliers around the world, making sure that communications are standardized, the report said.
The pact renews an existing contract with AT&T, but company officials would not disclose the value of that agreement, the report added.