AT&T says it will spend $1 billion in 2010 to upgrade its network to support cloud computing initiatives as well and to expand services for small businesses.

With the 2010 capital spending initiative, the telecommunications giant says it will have invested more than $4 billion since 2006 to upgrade its network, systems and applications to meet the demands of its business customers.

“Despite the continuing challenges of today’s economic environment, we continue to deliver on our commitment to provide companies with the network-centric capabilities and applications they need to enhance their operations,” Ron Spears, president and chief executive officer of AT&T’s Business Solutions, said in a statement.

Specific projects planned under the 2010 spending program include the following:

  • Increasing the company’s current portfolio of collaboration services and applications, such as managed hosting, cloud-based services, telepresence, unified communications, digital media solutions and security.
  • Continued investments in mobile solutions, applications and integrated devices. This includes investment in LTE (long term evolution technology or 4G wireless) and WiFi-based applications to support increases in demand for mobile broadband services.
  • Creating vertical-industry focused applications for such sectors as finance, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and government.
  • Increased support for small businesses by deploying platforms and systems across its 22-state footprint aimed at the provision of multiple products and services.

AT&T also said it would add cloud enablers to its Synaptic Storage as a Service offering, which would serve as a gateway between customers’ storage systems and the AT&T cloud. It would also introduce a Synaptic hosting service for small and mid-sized businesses.
AT&T said it would open an additional Internet data center in London, England, in 2010 and complete expansions of its Ashburn, Va., and Piscataway, N.J., data centers.




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