General Motors awards AT&T £526m telecoms contract

General Motors has awarded AT&T a global networking contract worth almost £526m to deliver next generation services.

General Motors has awarded AT&T a global networking contract worth almost £526m to deliver next generation services.

The five-year contract is designed to enable GM to further integrate its global resources.

In addition, GM named AT&T a strategic IT supplier, to support its third-generation IT business model, which is designed to ensure that GM’s IT suppliers are working as one around the world.

In this role, AT&T will provide network-integration management covering all aspects of GM’s worldwide telecommunications infrastructure, including voice and data applications and systems support.

As part of the agreement, AT&T will be responsible for managing the performance of key regional telecommunications providers around the world.

In addition, AT&T will continue to collaborate with GM's Information Systems and Services organisation to support its global business strategy.

The contract renews and expands an existing strategic global relationship in which AT&T provides GM with a global virtual private network, integrating GM locations around the world.

AT&T’s solution supports a full range of capabilities including local, long distance, global voicemail, conferencing, high speed internet access and telecommunications business continuity services.

“AT&T’s networking expertise and global reach make it uniquely qualified to meet the telecommunications needs of a global, multinational company like ours,” said Ralph Szygenda, General Motors group vice-president and chief information officer.

“This agreement is a strategic step toward strengthening telecommunications across our global enterprise. It ensures that we have the basic infrastructure in place to give GM employees anywhere in the world the ability to collaborate online in real-time on engineering, manufacturing, design and supply-chain," said Szygenda.

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