AT&T Wins Global Networking Contract from TRW Automotive
New Network Supports Global ERP and Engineering for Leading Automotive Safety Supplier
Livonia, Michigan, August 14, 2006, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced a two-year, multimillion-dollar contract with TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers.
Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will provide an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) solution, integrating 170 TRW locations in 25 countries across five continents. The VPN solution supports TRW’s day-to-day operations and provides peak efficiency, reliability and security for all of its voice and data communications around the world.
TRW, a global leader in automotive safety systems, is one of the world’s top producers of automotive braking, steering and suspension systems as well as a leading supplier of occupant safety systems for inflatable restraints, seat belts and steering wheels. With more than 63,000 employees, the company supplies more than 40 major vehicle manufacturers and holds leading positions in all of its primary product categories.
“AT&T’s global reach, superior technology and competitive pricing were the three ingredients we were looking for,” said Joe Drouin, chief information officer for TRW.
The new network runs on AT&T’s industry-leading Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) platform and provides a significant increase in bandwidth at a lower cost. The increased speed and capacity of the network enables TRW to economically and efficiently support Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and business process collaboration globally. In addition, AT&T’s MPLS technology has inherent disaster recovery capabilities and provides an efficient migration path to Voice over IP (VoIP) services.
“The transition from frame relay to MPLS significantly improves our network architecture by providing any-to-any connectivity and Class of Service (COS) prioritization for key enterprise applications on a global basis,” said Darryl Staskowski, infrastructure director for TRW.
TRW can also monitor the performance of its network and applications through the secure AT&T customer portal, AT&T BusinessDirectÃ¢, which provides operational efficiencies including around-the-clock online access to real-time reports on network performance and direct connection to trouble management systems. Yankee Group recently named AT&T BusinessDirect the best enterprise customer portal for the second consecutive year for providing customers with the strongest online support and services experience in the industry (Source: Yankee Group, Business E-Portals Continue to Evolve to Meet Enterprise Customer Needs, April 2006).
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About TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.
With 2005 sales of $12.6 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world’s leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 63,000 people in 25 countries. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to “TRW Automotive”, “TRW” or the “Company” in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at www.trwauto.com.
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