AT&T, BT, Concert make $US2B e-commerce pledge

AT&T, British Telecommunications and Concert Communications, the joint venture between the two, have announced they will invest $US2 billion to deliver e-commerce services via a worldwide network of 44 Internet data centres.

AT&T, British Telecommunications and Concert Communications, the joint venture between the two, have announced that they, over the next three years, will invest $US2 billion to deliver electronic commerce services via a worldwide network of 44 Internet data centres. Telecom New Zealand has just signed a deal to deliver Concert services to New Zealand business users.

The data centres, which will provide Internet services ranging from colocation and Web hosting to networking and application services, will be in 16 countries by the end of the three-year period, the companies said in a joint statement today.

The agreement is designed to build upon the companies' existing data centre rollout plans, which include the 14 data centres currently operating in the U. and UK, as well as Spain, Italy and Switzerland, the companies said.

This year, 11 more data centres will open in North America, Europe, and Japan, bringing the total to 25 centres. Next year, the project will spread even further, with a planned 19 centres opening in locations ranging from Sweden to Hong Kong.

Upon completion, the network will have Internet data centres in the US, the UK, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Japan.

Data centres have become big business recently. Last month, IBM and Qwest Communications International announced a three-year venture to build a total of 42 "CyberCenters" worldwide.

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