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AT&T Wins $10.5 Million Contract From Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


HEIDELBERG, Germany – AT&T announced today it has won a $10.5 million, three-year contract from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to integrate the company’s global voice and data networks for 80 locations in 20 countries.

Heidelbergis the world’s leading solution provider for commercial and industrial customers in the print media industry. The company focuses on the entire process and value chain for popular format classes in the sheet fed offset and flexographic printing sectors. Apart from printing presses, the product portfolio includes plate imaging devices and finishing equipment, as well as software components designed to integrate all print manufacturing processes.

The AT&T Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) will provide a standardized networking platform for Heidelberg manufacturing centers and support centers worldwide. The secure, high-speed networking solution supports the company’s business applications worldwide, including document management, customer records and billing programs. It also makes possible the introduction of new technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

In addition, AT&T will continue to handle all of Heidelberg’ s local, long-distance and conferencing services at facilities in the United States.

“AT&T’s global capabilities – both in terms of facilities and personnel – convinced Heidelberg to choose AT&T for supporting its’ worldwide business in over 170 countries” said Michael Neff CIO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Through the secure AT&T BusinessDirect® portal, Heidelberg also has online access to tools that provide real-time reports on network performance and direct access to billing, ordering, status, inventory and trouble management systems. AT&T BusinessDirect was recently recognized by the Yankee Group for providing customers with the strongest online support and services experience in the industry.

About Heidelberg

With a global market share for sheetfed offset printing machines of more than 40 percent, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the world’s leading solution provider for the print media industry. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, the Company focuses on the entire process and value chain in sheetfed offset printing, for formats ranging from 14x20 inches to 28x40 inches. Apart from printing presses, the product portfolio includes plate imaging devices and finishing equipment, as well as software components designed to integrate all print manufacturing processes. In addition, Heidelberg offers a wide range of spare parts, consumables, used equipment and services, along with extensive training programs provided by the Print Media Academy. Furthermore, the Company assists its customers’ investment plans by offering financing concepts. As of March 31, 2005, the Group employed 18,700 staff worldwide.
About AT&T

For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE ’T’) has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.
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