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AT&T Inc. Named World’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company for 2006


AT&T Inc. Ranks No. 1 Both on World’s and America’s Most Admired Lists

San Antonio, Texas, February 28, 2006, Fortune magazine today named AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) as the World’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company. The honor follows the announcement last week in which AT&T was named by Fortune as America’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company. The company, formed in November when SBC Communications acquired AT&T and adopted the AT&T name, has garnered the No. 1 spot on the world’s and America’s lists more than any other telecom company since the rankings were first published.

“Our selection as the most admired telecom company in America and the world is a tremendous honor, as we introduce the new AT&T to new generations of customers,” said Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc.

The Most Admired rankings, which reflect performance for 2005, list the former SBC Communications as AT&T Inc. at No. 1. Today, AT&T is a global communications leader, offering advanced IP services in 97 percent of the world’s economies. It is also the U.S. industry leader in several key business categories:

No. 1 in communications services for businesses.
No. 1 in DSL broadband, with 7 million lines in service.
No. 1 in wireless, through its joint ownership of Cingular, which has more than 54 million subscribers nationwide.
No. 1 in directory publishing.
Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list is one of the most highly respected registers of corporate performance and reputation in the nation.

The Fortune Most Admired Companies study surveys top executives and directors from Fortune 1000 and top foreign companies, along with financial analysts, to identify companies that enjoy the strongest reputations within their industries and across industries. Companies are rated on attributes that include the ability to attract and retain talented people, quality of management, social responsibility, innovativeness, long-term investment value, use of corporate assets, financial soundness and quality of products/services.

About the New AT&T
AT&T Inc. is one of the world’s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high-speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with more than 54 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at

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