In a deal that the parties are claiming as “revolutionary” and “groundbreaking”, IT services provider ATT and Microsoft have entered into a strategic alliance for the development, deployment and delivery of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications services.
The alliance will leverage AT&T global IP network, accessed from 149 countries, and the Microsoft Connected Services Framework, an integrated software solution that enables the delivery of converged communications services across multiple networks and end-user devices. Using the, AT&T says that it will use the Connected Services Framework to create dynamically new network-based IP services and applications for deployment when and where they are needed.
In addition, the two companies have committed to a five-year plan to develop network-enabled right-time communications services that will focus on messaging, collaboration, media and business applications. These services will expand on AT&T’s existing IP services portfolio, including the company’s recently announced Dynamic Network Applications (DNA) portfolio, and Microsoft’s set of hosted collaboration, communications and business applications, and will drive the development of other service bundles.
One of the first goals of the five-year road map will be for Microsoft to enable AT&T’s voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions for web services. This will enable it to be delivered through the Microsoft Connected Services Framework to enterprise customers along with other communications services. This would give AT&T DNA end users click-to-dial capabilities within any Microsoft Office application and the two firms claim that through these initiatives, enterprises will gain unprecedented access to and control and management of their IP applications.
Says Dave Dorman, chairman and CEO of AT&T:” These services will enable enterprises to implement integrated collaboration, messaging, VoIP and conferencing services without the capital investment that locks them into solutions that are not future-proofed. It moves to a new industry level AT&T’s intent to deliver to businesses worldwide the promised vision of converged IP-driven services via the world’s leading global network.”