DALLAS, Texas, August 26 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that leading industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned AT&T in the Leaders Quadrant of its Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, Worldwide (1) report.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant report is a guide for large and midsize companies to identify and evaluate vendors that deliver IT services in support of connectivity and communications infrastructure. The report examined 14 vendors of IT services providers on their product or service, overall viability, sales execution and pricing, among other criteria. Gartner defines managed and professional network services as, "multiyear, annuity-based agreements for network IT services in support of connectivity services and/or communications infrastructure. These include network and telecom expense management, network maintenance, network consulting, network development and integration, and network management."

"We are delighted with AT&T's position in the Leaders Quadrant of the 'Managed and Professional Network Service Providers Worldwide' report just published by Gartner," said Ron Spears, Group President, AT&T Global Business Services. "This complements our similar position in their North American report published earlier this year. The report reaffirms our continued investment in and commitment to a comprehensive portfolio that harnesses AT&T IP leadership and mobility capability to build a compelling business proposition for our customers on a global basis," he said.

Global enterprise business customers benefit from AT&T's leadership in research and development, improved customer satisfaction for remote network operation services and comprehensive IT capabilities including data center and applications management.

The AT&T global network, combined with a powerful computing platform, is driving the convergence of networking and hosting services in ways that are allowing companies to deliver end-user applications whenever and wherever they are needed.

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1 Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, Worldwide" by E. Goodness, C. Tenneson, T. Chamberlin, D. O'Connell, Chee-eng To, Scott Morrison - August 7, 2008.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted August 2008 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. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list and No. 1 on America's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

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