On the opening day of Internet World, AT&T rolled out new IP services for ISPs, based on its acquisition of the IBM Global Network.
AT&T?s Private Label Services are targeted at ISPs and telephone companies, as well as to enterprises who want to provide their customers with a privately branded Internet access.
The services are based in large part on the infrastructure of IBM Global Network, which AT&T is acquiring in a $5 billion deal expected to be completed this quarter. Until that time, AT&T is rebranding some IBM services as a part of its offerings.
As a part of the Private Label Services, AT&T will offer Virtual ISP Services, allowing any company to set up an Internet access business. ISPs will be able to benefit from IBM Global Network's 1,300 local Internet points of presence (POPs), which AT&T hopes to expand to 2,000 by the end of the year.
Additionally, AT&T will offer to manage the ISP's network and provide billing services. The Virtual ISP Services are currently in market trials, and will be available commercially in June.
AT&T will also offer a Co-location Service, letting ISPs outsource their Web hosting business to servers in AT&Ts co-location centers. The service is available today in four locations worldwide, including one in Amsterdam.
Finally, AT&T is announcing Global IP Transit Services, which offers ISPs reliable bandwidth on AT&T's IP backbone at access speeds from 2Mbps to 155Mbps. Pricing for these new services was not announced.
Kathleen Earley, vice president of AT&T Internet Services, said AT&T would offer better worldwide coverage than its competitors, which include MCI Worldcom?s Uunet subsidiary. ?We have 1,300 POPs worldwide,?said Earley, ?nobody is going to be able to match our footprint.?
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