AT&T has expanded its services in the Middle East as part of an ongoing investment in the region. The initiatives include increasing AT&T’s network reach and building a stronger local presence. The US-based carrier says its network node being deployed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in cooperation with Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) and NavLink, a company within which AT&T maintains a minority shareholding, is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year. AT&T will further enhance its network reach in the Gulf with the deployment of a new global network node in Kuwait in partnership with QualityNet, the leading provider of data networking services in Kuwait. The companies will work with NavLink to activate the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) node during 2008. AT&T says the initiatives to expand its network reach in the Middle East complement its existing network infrastructure already fully deployed and operational in United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The initiatives form part of AT&T’s USD750 million global investment programme which was announced earlier this year.