AT&T (T) is opening a new Internet data center in Shanghai. The centers, the latest additions to AT&T's 1.8 million square-foot global Internet data center footprint, will help the company further accelerate its position in the hosting business worldwide.

The new Shanghai facility, located in the city's Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, is the second AT&T Internet data center in that city. AT&T's first Shanghai data center, also in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, opened its doors to customers in the summer of 2006. AT&T will operate the Shanghai facilities in alliance with local service providers and will coordinate service delivery with those providers. AT&T, however, will be customers' single point of contact for Enterprise Hosting Services being delivered in China.

"We continue to invest in growing our business to support customers and to meet the red-hot demand of businesses large and small for hosting services," said Steve Caniano, vice president, AT&T. "The additions of our second facility in China and our new center near Chicago are further proof that businesses around the globe are turning to AT&T to help them manage their IT environment so they can focus on running their business."

Along with the Shanghai IDC facilities, AT&T added more space earlier this year to its Internet data center in Hong Kong. Combined, the Shanghai and Hong Kong centers have nearly doubled AT&T's Web hosting footprint in the Asia/Pacific region since the beginning of 2006.

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