FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Merger of telecommunications giant and inmate calling´s technology leader creates the most experienced and innovative company in the inmate calling industry.
AT&T created the first "Collect Only" inmate calling service in the early 1980s, and is the most experienced provider of inmate calling services in the industry.
In the years since, they have provided inmate calling services and solutions for over 300 major customers nationwide. These customers represent over 1,300 correctional facilities and more than 49,000 inmate telephone stations. Their extensive experience also includes the Coin Telephone market. The combined companies will continue to support this market and handle over 10,000 coin phones nationwide.
Global Tel*Link has provided exceptional telecommunications service to correctional facilities since 1989. Continuing its tradition of progressive technology and professional service, Global Tel*Link has expanded to include facilities in more than half of the United States.
Global Tel*Link´s distinctive Inmate Telephone System products are designed for use in any size facility whether the inmate population is 15 or 5,000. GTL´s visionary engineers continually upgrade our products to meet the increasing demands of correctional facilities. Customers can use the standard system or explore a new world of investigative technology and telephone administration with optional - and exclusive - system features.
Our LazerPhone® Inmate Telephone System equipment is currently installed at one hundred sixty (160) county and municipal correctional facilities and at multiple facilities operated by each of seventeen (17) state Departments of Corrections. GTL is the sole prime vendor at one hundred twenty-five (125) county/city facilities and eighteen (18) facilities run by the Tennessee DOC. Through partnerships with other companies, GTL provides both our state-of-the-art LazerPhone® equipment and our comprehensive system support.
In 1993, Global Tel*Link was purchased by Schlumberger Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Schlumberger, LTD, an established international technology based company, primarily in oil field services, with operations in more than 100 countries. Ten years later, due to a realigned strategic direction for Schlumberger, a decision was made to divest of all non-core companies and Global Tel*Link was included in those divestitures. Global Tel*Link Corporation ("GTL"), is now a privately held corporation.
The New leader
On June 2, 2005 AT&T´s National Public Markets Division was acquired by Global Tel*Link Corporation, thus combining two premier inmate service providers. The combined company has provided inmate telephone service for the past 23 years.
GTL immediately becomes one of the largest inmate providers in the industry, with over 200 highly experienced employees, specializing in serving the needs of the inmate and corrections indus1ry. The combined companies´ revenues exceed $230 million dollars.
The unprecedented opportunity created by this merger will enable GTL to continue moving toward its goal of becoming the undisputed leader in the inmate telecommunications field; while providing industry leading customer service.
The company´s headquarters will remain in Mobile, Alabama. Here we manufacture and oversee the maintenance of the exclusive LazerPhone® system, design new software features, and provide technical service and customer sup