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AT&T, BT and Concert to Build 44 Net Data Centers

FRAMINGHAM (04/05/2000) - AT&T Corp., British Telecom PLC and Concert, a global Internet provider network venture between the two companies announced plans today to build 44 Internet data centers in 16 countries. Rick Roscitt, executive vice president at AT&T and president and CEO of AT&T Solutions, said the joint venture would constitute a $2 billion investment over a period of three years.

In addition to the 14 centers that are already open in the U.S., the U.K, Spain, Italy and Switzerland, the companies said they would open 11 additional data centers in the U.S., the U.K, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Japan by the end of this year.

The joint venture will target customers who need Web-hosting services and also extend services for companies to host their applications at the new data centers, Roscitt said.

"This (integrated communications service) is becoming a network players' game, not just a game for data center players," Roscitt said.

David Dorman, CEO of Concert, said the combined network infrastructure of the three companies would be "the unifying bridge to link these data centers together." The Concert IP network alone has 2,200 points of presence around the world, Dorman said.

The three companies also announced the formation of an executive oversight group that will manage the rollout of the data centers. The group will be led by Roscitt and Alfred Mockett, president of BT Worldwide.