MCI Makes Inaccurate Claims About NYNEX Re-sale Systems

December 30, 1996

CONTACT: Bob Varettoni on 212-395-0500

MCI Makes Inaccurate Claims About NYNEX Re-sale Systems

go to Fact Sheet on Resale At NYNEX

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

communications cable.

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