AT&T Expands News Corp. Deal
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When Rupert Murdoch needs to contact underlings in his far-flung media empire, AT&T will make it happen.
Murdoch's News Corp. has signed a seven-year, $150 million deal with the telecom carrier for voice and international data services.
Joyce Van Duzer, a spokeswoman for Bedminster, N.J.-based AT&T, said the deal extends and expands a previous voice and data deal with New Corp. but declined to specify the terms of the earlier pact.
Sydney-based News Corp. is a high-profile customer. It owns and manages newspapers, films, cable network, magazines, book publishing and other media outlets in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ausralia and Asia.
Among its properties are Fox Entertainment Group, the New York Post and HarperCollins Publishing.
Under the new pact, AT&T will design, integrate and manage the company's U.S. networking capabilities and standardize its communications infrastructure. The system will be scalable to accommodate growth.
AT&T will also provide business services, including: dedicated and switched local access; private-lines; long-distance; Frame Relay