AT&T has won an $8m (£4.4m), three-year contract from Metso, a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, to provide an integrated, global networking solution linking 130 sites in 23 countries.
The agreement expands an existing contract by which AT&T provides Metso with communications services.
Previously, Metso relied on 15 suppliers in different regions to provision its global network. Now Metso's global communications reside on AT&T's, flexible internet protocol network which, the company hoped, would provide significant efficiencies and economies of scale.
Metso said that it selected AT&T based on a number of parameters, including the company's global capabilities, its infrastructure that aims to offer flexible classes of service and redundancy, and its sophisticated network management platform, which is designed to provide the flexibility to meet Metso's business requirements.
Additionally, AT&T said it will simplify Metso's network administration significantly, by establishing a single point of contact for its entire global network.
"Business applications demand real-time data transport and instant network provisioning," said Pauli Nuutinen, vice-president, Corporate IT Services.
"Our network must have the flexibility to adapt and grow with new applications, and AT&T's IP network gives us that flexibility."
AT&T's IP Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution aims to support Metso's locations in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific.
It aimed to enable Metso to develop, deploy and easily relocate mission-critical, real-time applications on its corporate network. The network is designed to support a broad array of applications, including e-mail, financial reporting, web conferencing and several ERP systems.
Metso is also in the process of implementing, consolidating and upgrading a number of other global business applications.
Written by Computing SA staff