AT&T launches next generation supplier program

AT&T has launched the next generation of its Supplier Domain Program called as Domain 2.0.

The Domain 2.0 is a cloud-based architecture that is expected to significantly reduce the time and will also help in accelerating time-to-market with technologically advanced products and services.

AT&T plans to simplify and scale its network through Domain 2.0 by: Separating hardware and software functionality; Separating network control plane and forwarding planes; and improving management of functionality in the software layer.

AT&T plans to begin selecting vendors and awarding business beginning in late 2013 and through 2014. AT&T is not revising its previously announced capital expenditure guidance for 2014-15 as a result of this announcement. However, in the next five years, AT&T expects this program to reflect a downward bias toward capital spending.

“Our goal is to ensure that each investment accelerates our move towards an advanced all-IP broadband, all-wireless, and all-cloud infrastructure, delivers on the full promise of game-changing technologies, provides an industry leading customer experience, and maintains focus on a capital-efficient network,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain.

“The Supplier Domain program has a proven track record of delivering cost performance and modern technologies, while dramatically reducing the time to market with our products and services,”  added Harden.

With these advances, AT&T plans to increase the value of its network by: Driving improved time-to-revenue; Providing cost-performance leadership; Enabling new growth services and apps; Ensuring world-class, industry leading security, performance and reliability; and Facilitating new business and revenue models.

In 2009, AT&T established the Supplier Domain approach (Domain 1.0) to facilitate faster product-to-market timelines, to target R&D by the suppliers, and to foster a more collaborative relationship with a few select equipment and software suppliers in eight network “domains.”

Through this collaborative approach, AT&T successfully reduced time to market by 50 percent since the inception of the Domain 1.0 program and in the process, ensured that the best technologies and designs were in place to serve our customers.

The Supplier Domain program has allowed AT&T to strengthen its network supply chain and to focus capital spend more rapidly on target architectures, both internally and with the vendors.

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