MCI makes inaccurate claims about NYNEX re-sale systems

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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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