AT&T plays host to local managed services market

AT&T plays host to local managed services market

AT&T has opened a new Internet data centre (IDC) by increasing its floor space at the Global Switch data centre premises in Sydney. The move is an attempt to grow its presence in the local managed hosting services arena.

Steve Lowe, AT&T regional managing director for Australia/NZ, said the telco has taken additional space in the building with arrangements in place to extend further as business requirements grow.

AT&T provides a range of services, from connectivity -- where customers take raw bandwidth from the telco -- to outsourcing arrangements that see AT&T staff manage a whole telecommunications facility. The core of its business remains in managed end-to-end services.

“This is a new area we are entering in Australia but we will be leveraging off our experience around the world,” said Lowe.

“I wouldn’t rate it as a huge part of our business in the next year or so, but it is a very important extension that our customers are asking for. Our core business is still in the data networking space but this is an important and exciting add-on to that.”

AT&T already hosts managed services in New Zealand and is now focusing on the Australian market, targetting multinationals with a local presence as well as local businesses and government departments.

New AT&T IDCs are also opening in Hong Kong and Nice in France as the telco targets growth in the Asia-Pacific and European markets. It now has 21 data centres around the world, 13 of which are based in the US.

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