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Johanne Torres[August 30, 2004]

AT&T Strikes $30M IP Tech Deal


As part of AT&T�s aim to steer away from consumer telephone services, the company announced its latest IP technology pact, a $30 million partnership with travel technology provider, Worldspan Technologies, Inc. (news - alert- quote). The company will now become Worldspan�s lone provider for its North American operations.  


AT&T (news - alert - quote) is hooking up the Atlanta-based company with a secure, high-speed network-based IP Virtual Private Network bundle connected to an AT&T Ultravailable Network (UVN) fiber ring at the host site. The travel technology provider imparts worldwide electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products and connectivity, and e-commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel suppliers and corporations via a global distribution system (GDS) enabling 16,000 travel agencies and other users worldwide to access travel data and booking capabilities for approximately 800 service suppliers.  

With AT&T�s UVN ring in place, major airlines and large, high-volume travel agencies, will be able to use a dedicated high-speed IP circuit that connects directly to the ring.  Smaller customers � including independent travel agencies, will have database access when they use the same dedicated IP technology or lower cost DSL Internet-based technology securely connecting to the ring.  


Under this agreement, AT&T will also back up Worldspan's entire database at its Atlanta-area Internet Data Center if emergencies were to happen as in the case of a natural disaster. Worldspan will also have access to tools online that give real-time reports on network performance and direct access to AT&T's ordering, status, inventory and trouble management systems through the secure AT&T BusinessDirect portal. 


Noted is AT&T�s effort to focus on growing their services aimed at the business sector. The company has publicly expressed its objective to expand their IP technology-based offerings by entering in the Voice over IP (VoIP) (define - news - alert - tutorial) space with their CallVantage service, and also through agreements such as this one with Worldspan.




Johanne Torres is the assistant editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]



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