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AT&T WINS NETWORKING SERVICES CONTRACT WITH GLOBAL HYATT.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced a two-year contract for worldwide communications services for Global Hyatt Corp., one of the world's premier hotel companies. The contract positions AT&T as the key strategic communications and networking services supplier of Global Hyatt and expands a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

Under terms of the agreement, AT&T will deploy an Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled wide area network (WAN) that will integrate nearly 300 Hyatt locations across 43 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific with an array of voice, data and managed Internet services.

AT&T's global networking solution will enable Hyatt to implement collaborative business applications that will enhance communications across the company, speed customer service and reduce costs. The solution will also support Hyatt's need for secure, reliable and global network services.

AT&T's network, based on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology, will provide a standardized technology infrastructure that will enable Hyatt to integrate disparate networks, applications and devices and evolve to a single streamlined communications platform based on IP with consistent standards and capabilities. The AT&T solution, provided under a Virtual Telecommunications Network Service (VTNS) contract, offers discounts across all services and enables Hyatt to simplify its telecommunications billing and overall network architecture. In addition, AT&T will provide managed telecommunications help desk services, toll-free services and call center solutions. "AT&T's solution offered us cost control, greater operating efficiency and innovative technology to enhance the efficiency of our hotels," said Jim Lamb, senior vice president, Information Technology, Global Hyatt Corp. "With AT&T, we can capitalize on a communications infrastructure that will serve our needs now, accommodate our ever-growing technology requirements and position us to deliver a host of new, exciting services in the future. "Through the secure AT&T BusinessDirect(R) portal, Hyatt has around-the-clock access to real-time information about the performance of its network services and a direct connection to electronic billing and ordering systems.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world's premier hotel companies, offers today's travelers over 735 hotels and resorts (over 136,000 rooms) in more than 44 countries. The company's affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt branded hotels and resorts under the Park Hyatt(TM), Grand Hyatt(TM), Hyatt Regency(TM), Hyatt Resorts(TM), Hyatt(TM), Hyatt Place(TM) and Hyatt Summerfield Suites (R) brands. In April 2007, Hyatt launched its newest global brand, Hyatt Andaz(TM). Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operator of the Hyatt Vacation Club and fractional residential properties and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc, which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel Inns and Suites.

From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 800/233-1234 or logging onto http://www.hyatt.com.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings.

For more information, visit http://www.att.com or call 312/696-3634.
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