AT&T announced that it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Market Leadership Award in Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) based Internet Protocol (IP) Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. The award recognizes AT&T for its ability to capture the largest market share in the MPLS/IP VPN services market and its strategic investment in Layer 3 VPN services, which enable customers to handle the convergence of next-generation voice, data and video applications.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the U.S. MPLS/IP VPN services market has entered the growth stage of product lifecycle with demand for the service increasing across vertical industries. Frost & Sullivan said revenues for the U.S. MPLS/IP services market exceeded $4.8 billion in the year 2008, and are expected to see double-digit growth in the near term.
“As data plays a larger role in the enterprise, customers expect more than services over circuits. The power of our secure and intelligent network keeps customers’ applications running reliably, allowing their workforce to stay productive anytime, anywhere.” said Dale McHenry, vice president, AT&T Enterprise Networking. “We’re pleased to have Frost & Sullivan’s acknowledgement of our leadership in MPLS-based IP VPN services.”
AT&T offers connections and a comprehensive portfolio of VPN services for customers on the world’s most powerful and advanced MPLS network in the United States, using new-generation routing technology that carries data at 40 Gbps. AT&T has the largest MPLS network with its MPLS-based services available with 287,000 MPLS customer ports in 163 countries worldwide.
“After careful evaluation of the MPLS/IP VPN market, AT&T clearly emerged as the Number One provider in terms of market share. AT&T offers customers cost competitive services backed by strong SLAs,” said Roopa Shree, senior industry analyst — business communications, Frost & Sullivan. “AT&T is in a position to support multiple access technologies to their MPLS network, most of which they own nationally, and are hence the obvious choice of service provider among large distributed enterprise customers, and verticals such as — Government, Education and Retail.”
Frost & Sullivan based its selection of AT&T on revenue and market share data within the industry, interviews with market participants and extensive secondary research of proprietary data sources.
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