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UniFirst Selects AT&T for Network Expansion and Upgrade


Wilmington, Massachusetts, July 6, 2007

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has announced the growth of a decade-long relationship with UniFirst Corp. (NYSE: UNF), one of North America’s largest workwear and textile services companies. AT&T will enhance UniFirst’s companywide network platform and bolster the network’s overall reliability.

AT&T will enhance the UniFirst network by converting existing Managed Internet Service (MIS) circuits within 140 office locations to AT&T’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) platform. AT&T’s VPN, made possible by AT&T’s Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based network, will create a secure wide area network (WAN) environment for UniFirst. AT&T will also add 25 new sites to the VPN platform, providing UniFirst with seamless connectivity to a total of 165 locations in the United States and Canada.

UniFirst will also implement AT&T’s ACCU-Ring® Network Access Service, a private Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) ring that consolidates network traffic, at the company’s headquarters in Wilmington, Mass. ACCU-Ring Service provides a two-way digital channel for voice and data transmission and creates a reliable environment for communication within the defined circumferential network.

“We look forward to managing this network deployment with AT&T,” said Tom Lally, director of information technology for UniFirst Corp. “Having 165 locations supported by the same network will encourage greater collaboration and allow us to operate more efficiently.”

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About UniFirst Corporation
UniFirst is one of the largest providers of workplace uniforms, protective clothing and facility services products in North America. The Company employs approximately 9,800 team partners who serve nearly 200,000 customer locations in 46 states, Canada and Europe from 189 manufacturing, distribution and customer service facilities.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world’s most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation’s leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

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