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AT&T Expands Services to American Electric Power with $24.5 Million Network Services Contract


AT&Tís Integrated Solutions Increase Cost-Effectiveness and Ease of Use for Leading Electric Provider

Columbus, Ohio.-AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced that American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), a leading electric generator and supplier in the United States, has awarded AT&T a three-and-a-half year $24.5 million contract. The contract continues AT&Tís strong relationship with AEP as the local exchange carrier in most of AEPís operating territory. The agreement also includes AT&T Business Network (ABN) services and the addition of corporate long distance and wide area network (WAN) voice and data traffic and management capabilities.

AEP is a leading generator of electricity in the United States and owns more than 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity. AEP provides electricity to more than 5 million customers across an electricity transmission and distribution system that serves Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

With the efficiency of a single contract, ABN services are designed to accommodate growth in communications needs and allow effortless shifts in advanced technology that affects AEP and its industry.

ďAT&T and AEPís relationship is a natural fit,Ē said Philip Ross, vice president, AT&T Global Business Services ó Central Region. ‚ÄúAs AEPís local carrier in nine out of 11 states, AT&T is committed to providing the highest network reliability and service quality. We look forward to continued synergies from our collaboration, as AT&T develops more leading-edge solutions for large enterprises such as American Electric Power"

In addition to the ABN services, AT&T will continue to handle AEPís local wired services, including frame relay solutions, in nine of the 11 states in which AEP operates.


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