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AT&T plugs in further to China

AT&T Inc will enhance network infrastructure in China to provide diversified services, part of its new global investment of US$1 billion in network-based services, such as high-quality video conference systems, the US-based firm said today.

AT&T provides services, including server hosting, data center sand local area networks (LAN), for both multi-national corporations in China and home-grown firms which expand to overseas markets. The services help them save money and focus on the core business, said Sainti Li, AT&T China's general manager.

AT&T is seeking to expand the network infrastructure in Hong Kong and it plans to build more network access nodes in Shanghai, which will allow it to expand network capacity and provide diversified services to clients.

Through its partners like China Telecom, AT&T provides unified communications systems, including the video conference system Telepresence, in China.
"Even in the tough environment, the demand of telecommunications never declines, especially in 'high growth' areas like China and India," Li said.

In 2008, AT&T China's revenue grew 20 percent compared with an average 12 percent growth in the Asia Pacific region.

Under the US$1 billion investment project, AT&T will deploy or expand new sub-sea fiber optic cable capacity, including the Trans-Pacific Express, connecting Shanghai to cities in Taiwan, Japan and the United States.

In Asia Pacific, AT&T has established 10 Internet data centers, three of them in Shanghai.

China leads the Asia Pacific region in deploying unified communications systems, followed by Australia and India, according to the US-based Springboard Research.



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