AT&T Deepens China-Telecom Ties

AT&T Inc. signed a deal Wednesday with China Telecom Corp. to connect the companies’ network infrastructure in the U.S. and China in an effort to expand services for multinational companies that use their services in both regions, the company said.

AT&T already offers its clients services in China, including virtual private networks, which enable secure connections between different geographies, by partnering with China Telecom to use its local network infrastructure, made up of fibers and switches. But the new deal deepens ties between the two companies, which have had a joint venture with Shanghai Information Investment Co. called Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications Co. since 2000, giving AT&T more access to China Telecom’s infrastructure, and vice versa.

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