AT&T announces alliance with Brookfield Infrastructure to offer colocation services

Via AT&T News Room

Jun 21, 2018

AT&T today announced a new strategic alliance with Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners (“Brookfield”) pursuant to which AT&T will transfer data center colocation operations and assets to Brookfield. Under Brookfield’s ownership, the business will continue to deliver colocation services to customers in 18 Internet Data Centers (IDCs) in the United States and 13 outside the United States. The colocation data center operations serve a diversified customer base of more than 1,000 companies across the technology, financial, industrial, media retail and other sectors worldwide.

AT&T and Brookfield are committed to delivering the same high level of service their customers expect. After the close of the transaction, AT&T will continue to deliver network services to its customers at the IDCs. AT&T will become an active sales channel for the business and will be the anchor tenant of the colocation operations. AT&T will continue to offer customers access to colocation services at more than 350 data centers — including transferred IDCs — around the world as part of AT&T’s colocation ecosystem program.

Brookfield brings a long track record of owning and managing essential infrastructure assets and global scale and expertise to enhance and grow the business. Brookfield is one of the world’s largest investors, owners and operators of infrastructure assets globally, with more than $75 billion in assets under management across the communications infrastructure, utilities, transport, energy, renewable power, and sustainable resources sectors.

Brookfield is establishing a wholly-owned company to own and operate the assets and intends to appoint Tim Caulfield as CEO of the business. Mr. Caulfield is currently CEO of ANTARA Group, an IT management consultancy focused on the Internet-as-a-Service segment with extensive experience in data center services. Mr. Caulfield’s leadership team includes veterans of AT&T and other leading communications and technology companies.

This agreement builds on AT&T’s nearly 20-year history of providing customers access to premier data centers. The strategic alliance with Brookfield will build on the success of the ecosystem model, allowing AT&T to continue to offer colocation services through Brookfield. Over the past several years, AT&T has added additional data center providers to this ecosystem. AT&T and Brookfield will also work under a joint marketing agreement that will enable both companies to participate in sale/resale opportunities to bring customers a full suite of services.

AT&T remains committed to delivering best-in-class services to businesses around the globe and will continue to provide the same access to premium data centers and networking services, including security, cloud networking and mobility, that it provides today. These include:

Financial and Closing

Under terms of the agreement, AT&T will receive $1.1 billion, which it will use to pay down debt. At close, customer contracts, employees supporting the colocation operations, fixed assets, leased and owned facilities will transfer to Brookfield.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. Closing is expected to occur within six to eight months.

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