Issue: Sep 2006


AT&T Connecting Brazil's High-Tech Auto Parts Globally



by James Hilton

AT&T Inc. announced a three-year US$250,000 contract to supply Magneti Marelli Controle Motor Ltda, a subsidiary of the Italian Marelli Holding S.p.A., with Enhanced Virtual Private Network (EVPN) services connecting Magneti Marelli's locations in Brazil and the U.S.

Magneti Marelli is a leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated automotive parts, whose roster of customers includes the world's major and renowned car manufacturers. The group, with more than 24,000 employees in 16 countries, had revenues in excess of $5 billion in 2005. Magneti Marelli's fastest growing operations are located in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

Under the terms of this agreement, AT&T will provide virtual network services based on Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) to connect Magneti Marelli's industrial and R&D locations in Brazil and the United States. AT&T network services are based on a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) platform, offering Magneti Marelli flexibility, security and a high level of performance on a global scale.

The EVPN, provided by AT&T to Magneti Marelli in Brazil, allows for a robust deployment of applications like voice over IP (VoIP) and other mission- critical applications over the customer corporate network, with real-time access from offices in Brazil and the U. S. The integrated network will deliver a high level of security and support to Magneti Marelli's business- continuity processes, protecting its critical-mission services and applications from any contingency or disaster.

"Magneti Marelli's reputation is based on the professionalism that our company undertakes with every single step in delivering solutions to our customers. The communications infrastructure is a key component in our service-production chain, and the network flexibility and security are crucial to supporting our critical-mission operations," said Marcos Tadeu Rolim, IT director of Magneti Marelli Brazil. "AT&T combines both top networking solutions with close local customer service and global expertise."

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