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Houston Business Journal: Shell awards $1.6B contract to AT&T

Monday, March 31, 2008 – 2:07 PM CDT

Some Shell employees in Houston will be affected by Royal Dutch Shell plc’s selection of AT&T Inc. as its global communications infrastructure manager.

Shell, based in The Hague, Netherlands, has its United States headquarters in Houston, where 60 employees have been given the opportunity to transfer to San Antonio-based AT&T (NYSE: T), according to Dan Feldstein, spokesman for AT&T. The move will ensure Shell continues to receive network support at its sites.

A total of 560 Shell networking professionals in the Netherlands, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States have been given opportunities to transfer. The Houston employees represent all of Shell’s U.S.-based employees switching companies, Feldstein said.

AT&T’s deal is for five years and is valued at $1.6 billion.

The company will provide managed network services to Shell and its subsidiary companies in more than 100 countries. AT&T will develop wide area and local area networks, voice and Voice over Internet Protocol services, managed security and wireless services to connect 1,500 Shell offices and 150,000 Shell employees.

The telecommunications company also will manage 600 separate third-party contacts with more than 300 Shell vendors worldwide, including contracts with regional telephone companies. AT&T also will manage the cellular services contracts provided by other mobile operations. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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