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February 22, 2013

AT&T to Provide Communications Network for BMW

AT&T (News - Alert) and BMW, a manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, have entered into a multimillion dollar communications network agreement to enhance BMW functions and applications.

Joachim Kathmann, Vice President AT&T Germany and Central Europe said, “A flexible, reliable, integrated communications network is essential to providing the consistency and efficiency that’s characteristic of a global industry leader like BMW.”

The agreement entails AT&T to provide BMW with a regional wide area network or WAN by leveraging MPLS technology and WAN acceleration services to provide a flexible, secure and robust infrastructure to support core BMW functions and applications.

It is expected that this integrated virtual private network (VPN) will simplify BMW’s business processes besides helping it deliver converged voice, data, video and cloud based services across other regions as well, besides the Americas.

The communications network will cover 41 BMW locations across the Americas, including the BMW main North American manufacturing hub in Spartanburg, S.C, and its global headquarters in Munich and locations in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Argentina.

AT&T is the network provider for BMW’s ConnectedDrive safety and infotainment services since 2007. BMW further enhanced these services with a new M2M agreement with AT&T in November of 2012, revealed officials. All new BMW cars sold in the U.S. come installed with the ConnectedDrive service that is equipped with an AT&T SIM card.

“The AT&T network is designed especially to address these requirements, enabling multiple locations to communicate with each other, across geographies, with the control and feel of a local connection. AT&T enjoys a longstanding relationship with BMW and we are delighted to be taking this step towards strengthening it further,” Kathmann added.

AT&T owns an extensive 4G network in the United States and is a provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. AT&T invested nearly $975 million in its Mississippi wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE (News - Alert) mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.


Edited by Rich Steeves

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