AT&T scores global networking contract with Groupe SEB

SEB SA, inventor of non-stick cookware, and known internationally by its home appliance brands, including Calor, Krups, Moulinex, Rowenta, SEB, Tefal and T-Fal, has signed a global deal with AT&T Corp. for the supply of a global managed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN).

The Euro 2.6 million (US$3.1 million) agreement represents a two-year contract renewal with AT&T, which will service over 60 Groupe SEB locations, and hundreds of travelling personnel across Europe, Middle East and Africa, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, China and Asia-Pacific.

AT&T will provide the French-based company with a global managed VPN, which is designed to allow secure data transmission through both the AT&T Global Network (AGN) and over the public Internet.

Commenting on the agreement, Remi Descosse, Groupe SEB's senior executive vice-president for industrial operations, says the decision to renew with AT&T was based on Groupe SEB's increasing need for world-class network infrastructure, in addition to the continuing strong existing relationship between the two companies.

"Groupe SEB's continued success is increasingly reliant on effective, reliable communications, supported by very best technical capabilities," says Descosse. "Groupe SEB's relationship with AT&T reflects our desire for an adaptable and flexible networking provider to support our business-critical systems in a highly competitive environment."

AT&T's managed services are expected to provide greater cost predictability, improved price/performance ratio and better network access control by differentiating between the needs of different categories of Groupe SEB user. AT&T's VPN service is provided over the AT&T Global Network (AGN), a global multi protocol label switching (MPLS)-based infrastructure, currently reaching more than 130 cities worldwide.

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