AT&T says it plans to invest up to $1 billion in 2011 toward building out its cloud and mobile computing capabilities.

The telecommunications giant says it will focus on building out cloud-as-a-service enhancements and enterprise mobility applications that will enhance and simplify the customer experience and improve support.

“We continue to invest significantly in cloud-based mobility and network sourcing solutions because customers are increasingly recognizing that transformative services like these increase productivity, improve operational effectiveness and lower costs,” John Stankey, president and chief executive of AT&T Business Solutions, said in a statement.

AT&T said it is targeting its investment to companies, government agencies and institutions in industries such as manufacturing, retail, hospitality, health care and automotive.

The $1 billion is part of a previously announced $19 billion capital program AT&T has planned for 2011. The company says its investments will focus on key areas including:

  • Cloud-based and emerging services: The company says it has embedded cloud capabilities directly into its network, so that it can more effectively manage and deliver services.
  • Global enterprise networking: Investments are being focused on business-oriented networks, systems and applications to provide a globally consistent set of services for 1,700 international customers.
  • Small business services: The company’s focus is on delivering new service bundles and increasing download speeds to its 22-state footprint.
  • Healthcare industry focus: Plans to accelerate delivery of cloud-based and networking systems to the healthcare sector under its AT&T For Health initiative.



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