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AT&T Positioned as a Leader in Analyst Firm's Magic Quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services, North America


DALLAS - July 1 - AT&T* today announced that leading industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned AT&T in the Leaders quadrant of the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services, North America report ¹.

According to Gartner, vendors in the Leaders quadrant " affect competitors by the choices they make in enabling technology and IT service offerings, their focus on the enterprise and targeted vertical segments, and their capability to differentiate value, price and service levels to be first to market with relevant products. Vendors in the Leaders quadrant are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are building competencies to sustain their leadership positions in the market. Vendor and customer experience weigh heavily in the Leaders quadrant. All these vendors have demonstrated that they have significant network management and outsourcing experience, and understand the dynamics needed to deliver network-centric IT services successfully."

AT&T believes this report confirms its continued investment in and commitment to a comprehensive portfolio that utilizes AT&T networking leadership and mobility capabilities. Customers benefit from AT&T's full complement of managed services through highly experienced direct and alliance-enabled IT services delivery teams. Given AT&T's expansive customer base, internal resources, and strategic relationships, AT&T sustains the capability and scale to fulfill COPS opportunities in North America, and around the globe.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant is a guide for midsize and large multinational companies (MNCs) to identify and evaluate vendors that deliver IT services in support of enterprise communications and connectivity. Gartner examined 16 vendors of IT services for business communications systems North America for this Magic Quadrant report, and the IT services covered include maintenance and support, consulting, application development, integration and ongoing management of IT and related business processes.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

1Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services, North America," by Eric Goodness, June 30, 2010

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine. 

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