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AT&T extends joint venture with China Telecom

June 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options


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AT&T joint venture with China Telecom will have expanded scope, including VoLTE roaming

AT&T and China Telecom have inked a deal to develop network services in the areas of cloud-based big data, Voice over LTE roaming, software-defined networks and the internet of things for multinational corporations operating in China.

The two companies said that they are "looking to help multinational customers use highly secure global communications to fuel business growth in China and around the world." AT&T and China Telecom have a joint venture, Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications, that was created in 2000 and is approaching the end of its 20-year authorization. The new agreement confirms their plans to renew the joint venture and expand the locations that it serves as well as the scope of the JV.

Under the new agreement, both operators agreed to help establish and accelerate SDN industry standards, "explore the potential of VoLTE roaming" and begin bilateral roaming tests that they had agreed upon in a previous roaming agreement for business customers.

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