While it may not have had the best start to August when it comes to WiFi over at Starbucks, AT&T's wireline division has been busy. They have followed up this week with both a major move into the cloud and two federal contracts.
AT&T has signed a global strategic alliance with the systems integrator CSC to develop and offer cloud solutions for the enterprise market. The idea is to pair AT&T's global network with CSC's cloud services, consulting, and applications. It makes plenty of sense but does take a rather different path than other large telecoms in chasing cloud revenues by not trying to keep it all in-house.
This doesn't appear to be a tentative move by either company. The deal runs through 2020 with options to extend, and AT&T will be taking over CSC's internal network and managed network services portfolio.
Meanwhile, AT&T also picked up two contracts with the U.S. Postal Service. One covers connectivity and network enhancements for the agency's retail and support locations across all 50 states and is valued at more than $50M. The other is more focused, providing managed trust IP services to the USPS headquarters in DC and two major data centers in California and Minnesota at an estimated value of about $3.5M.
Of course, the USPS has all sorts of problems these days given the shift away from snail mail combined with Congress's aversion to paying for, well, anything.