AT&T and China Telecom partner on network services

Natalie Bannerman
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AT&T and China Telecom collaborate on offering advanced network services to multinational companies

China Telecom and AT&T have signed a framework agreement outlining plans to develop advanced network services for multinational companies doing business in China.

“Working with AT&T, China Telecom is creating future business solutions that use enterprise mobility, cloud, IoT and other technologies,” said Gao Tongqing, executive director and EVP of China Telecom.

They plan on offering multinational customers highly secure global communication to support business growth in China and globally. They will develop ways to create new services in the areas of: the internet of things, cloud-based big data, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming and software defined networks (SDN).

Specifically both companies have committed to: establishing industry standards for SDN and accelerate their implementation, begin bilateral roaming tests contemplated in a previously executed Roaming Agreement for business customers and explore the potential of VoLTE roaming.

The new framework agreement builds on the Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications (SST), signed in 2000, (a joint venture formed by AT&T, China Telecom and Shanghai Information Investments), showing the intent on renewing the 20 year authorization, as they aim to expand the scope of the SST and the locations it serves.

“Global businesses have to be innovative and agile to succeed today. Growing our relationship with China Telecom, AT&T is helping multinational customers have consistent access to the advanced solutions they need in China. This will help them speed their digital evolution for years to come,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T's business solutions and international segment.