News Release

Cisco TelePresence Meeting Solution to Enable AT&T to Provide End-to-End IP Next-Generation Video Communications

AT&T Developing Complete Enterprise Communications Solutions Using the Advanced AT&T IP-MPLS Network and the Cisco TelePresence Meeting Solution
Oct 23, 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 23, 2006 - Cisco® today announced its new TelePresence Meeting solution, a remote communications experience that creates unique, "in-person" experiences among people, places, and events. Through innovations in video, audio, and remote communication technologies over the Internet Protocol Next-Generation (IP NGN) network, Cisco has redefined the "face-to-face", remote communications experience.

AT&T has completed initial testing to help ensure network interoperability and performance of the TelePresence Meeting solution, with plans to incorporate offerings into its network integration and managed video communications portfolio, pending successful completion of full trials. The solutions will combine the Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution with the industry-leading service quality, reach, performance, and low latency of AT&T's global IP-MPLS network, as well as AT&T's integration capabilities for design, deployment and service management.

"AT&T is always looking to help enterprise customers manage travel costs and increase productivity through its world-class network and services. This next-generation solution has the potential to deliver face-to-face communications on a whole new level," said Eric Shepcaro, senior vice president of Business Development for AT&T. "By holding network-based, collaborative meetings that provide participants with a greater sense of being there in person, businesses will be able to take advantage of the AT&T network to receive an optimum collaborative experience. We look forward to continuing to work with Cisco to develop new, high-quality communications offerings for our enterprise customers."

The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution is best delivered over a Cisco-certified TelePresence network connection. Cisco is developing a program through which service providers may attain TelePresence network certification. Cisco TelePresence-certified service providers work to ensure that businesses get the life-like communications experience they demand.

A Cisco TelePresence-certified network connection is designed to meet the standards required to support the Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution and other collaboration applications. The program will help assure that the network maintains its level of quality, conforms to industry and regulatory standards, and meets or exceeds enterprise requirements for operational excellence. Best practices based on current industry standards for network management - including staff, processes, and tools - are audited annually by a third party to help ensure that providers are committed to and able to offer an optimal TelePresence experience.

"The service provider network is the critical link in delivery of this service," said Jeff Spagnola, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco. "Industry-leading providers like AT&T will not only lead the market in delivery of this new and truly unique IP communications service, but also create an optimal environment for the delivery of advanced service bundles, including additional TelePresence services, managed unified communications and other application-aware network services."

About 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 57.3 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at