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REXEL INC. MOVES FORWARD WITH AT&T NETWORKING SOLUTION

DALLAS, JUNE 14, 2005 – Rexel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Rexel SA, the largest electrical and data communications parts distributor in the world, has awarded AT&T a $3 million contract for networking services in the United States.

The three-year contract, which extends and expands an existing agreement, calls for AT&T to integrate many of Rexel’s U.S. branches.

AT&T provides Rexel a networking solution that combines voice and data onto an integrated platform and enables the network-wide implementation of a sophisticated supply chain management application. It significantly increases network access speeds, improving Rexel’s ability to share mission-critical information.

“AT&T helped us increase bandwidth to expand sales and customer applications at our branch offices, while being mindful of our concern for budget and cost of ownership,” said Richard Janssen, director of management information systems. “These investments provide a migration path toward future technologies and illustrate our commitment to providing outstanding customer service.” 

The network improvements also pave the way for Rexel to deploy Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, which offer increased productivity and performance at a lower cost.

Rexel can monitor the performance of its network and applications through the secure AT&T customer portal, AT&T BusinessDirect®, which provides operational efficiencies including around-the-clock online access to real-time reports on network performance and direct connection to trouble management systems. 

About Rexel
Rexel (www.rexelusa.com) is a distributor of Electrical and Datacom parts and supplies, and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Rexel operates over 300 branches in 28 states and the Bahamas. The U.S. subsidiary of Rexel S.A., Rexel is the world''s largest electrical and data communications parts distributor and currently the 4th largest electrical distributor in the United States.

About AT&T
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE "T", www.att.com) has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications.  Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.

Author: Dan Keeney
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