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AT&T Spruces Up VPN Services

Adding to its current virtual private network (VPN) offerings, AT&T Tuesday announced new services targeting enterprise customers.

The Enterprise Class VPN suite combines new IP-enabled frame relay with secure IP dial and Internet connectivity. Frame relay employs standards-based Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) to enable customers to establish Quality of Service (QoS) priorities for traffic. It works to simplify routing and provides a single, universal port in the AT&T network, giving customers access via simple, logical connections.

Other features include service level agreements, added security for dial and dedicated services, including encrypted tunneling, global availability in 40 countries and the option to have VPN fully managed by AT&T.

The enterprise service is targeted to the intranet, extranet and frame relay markets, for customers interested in VPN's flexibility and is scheduled for availability by the end of March, 1999.

The company is also working to make available encrypted tunneling options (IPSec) to VPN services to help businesses implement remote LAN access, intranet and extranet solutions with security features. AT&T expects its encrypted tunneling feature to be generally available in the second quarter of 1999.