Clear Communications says it’s too early to speculate on the likely impact of the merger between its parent company British Telecom and the US giant AT&T.
“Clear’s vision and our business objectives remain the same,” says corporate communications manager Anna Radford. “Regardless of any minor detail that may or may not change, what we’re about stays the same.”
The two telcos plan to combine their offerings into a joint venture with a $US10 billion turnover focusing on voice and data services and joining AT&T’s corporate offerings with BT’s Concert product line to offer corporations frame relay, private line and value-added IP network services.
The new venture’s plan to develop an IP-based network to connect 100 cities around the world with a 200Gbit/s network, serving as a backbone for corporate customers’ global intranets, international call centres and multimedia networks, would undoubtedly be attractive to Clear, but Radford says “it’s too soon to consider that when we’ve only just learned about it ourselves”.
Clear may have some time yet to consider the project. Although BT and AT&T will merge forthwith, they have given no proposed completion date for the new global IP network.