AT&T, China Telecom agree to expand partnership

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 8:04 AM
AT&T, China Telecom agree to expand partnership

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc and China Telecom have agreed to expand their relationship in China and the United States and will look into supporting each other in other regions.

AT&T said the agreement would expand its services for business customers in China and that the companies would consider jointly developing services, including video conferencing and managed hosting.

China Telecom said that under the expanded agreement it will be able to improve its services to Asian customers in the United States by using AT&T's network there.

AT&T already provides services to more than 600 customers in China, where it says it saw growth in the double-digit percentage range in the last three years.

AT&T and China Telecom have worked together since 2000, when they formed a joint venture, Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications Co.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew in New York; editing by Lisa Von Ahn)