December 30, 1996
CONTACT: Bob Varettoni on 212-395-0500
MCI Makes Inaccurate Claims About NYNEX Re-sale Systems
NEW YORK -- NYNEX today called recent MCI claims
about the company's industry leading re-sale ordering
systems "irresponsible and inaccurate."
In early October, NYNEX was first to open a Resale
Services Center to allow other telecommunications carriers
to electronically interface with NYNEX systems to re-sell
local services to business and residence customers
throughout New York State. Carriers can access NYNEX systems
using either "app-to-app" (application-to-application) or
"GUI" (graphical user interface) systems. In a recent press
release, MCI addressed only the GUI method and exhibited
either a deliberate intent to mislead or a gross
misunderstanding of the available interface, input, storage
and retrieval options.
Jack Goldberg, NYNEX vice president for Wholesale
Markets, issued the following statement:
"MCI's assertions are irresponsible and inaccurate.
Its claims are not based on any experience it has in working
with our order-entry systems since MCI has made no serious
effort to understand or use them.
"For the past three months, a dozen companies have
been using our industry-leading systems to generate
thousands of lines of new business a week. Meanwhile, MCI
has chosen to stand on the sidelines and issue press
releases instead of customer orders.
"Either MCI hasn't done its homework, or it has
some other agenda. What they'd really like is to disparage
our pro-competitive initiatives and delay our entry into the
less-than-competitive long distance market."
NYNEX is a global communications and media
corporation that provides a full range of services in the
northeastern United States and high-growth markets around
the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand,
Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader
in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory
publishing and video entertainment and information services.
NYNEX is also managing sponsor of FLAG -- Fiberoptic Link Around
the Globe -- the world's longest undersea fiber optic
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