AT&T inks contract with Ericsson for VPN

AT&T will provide Virtual Private Network services for Ericsson's businesses across the Middle East, according to a new agreement announced at GULFCOMMS.

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By  Ronan Shields Published  September 8, 2007

US network operator AT&T has struck a $6 million deal with telecoms vendor Ericsson to provide an advanced virtual private network (VPN) across the Middle East.

Under the terms of the contract, AT&T will provide VPN services to Ericsson's business in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

"A reliable network, backed by a comprehensive service level agreement, the ability to execute locally and speedy implementation, were all key requirements for us when choosing our network provider in the Middle East," said Ericsson CEO Carl-Magnus Månsson.

The company currently boasts a customer base of 42,000 in the Middle East and intends to open a headquarters in Dubai in 2008.

"We have accommodated our customers' interest in the development of the region by pairing with Middle East incumbent operators Etisalat, Qtel and STC to deliver networks using a series of network-to-network node interface," reported Lloyd Salvage, AT&T vice president global segment marketing.

AT&T's other interests in the Middle East market include an ongoing bid for the second mobile licence in Qatar, the region's last remaining monopoly telecoms market. The company also has a 38% stake holding in network services company Navlink.

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