BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals

BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) is rumored to be on the verge of awarding multiple lucrative contracts to a handful of vendors for an IP Centrex service it plans to launch this fall, Boardwatch can reveal.

According to the CEO of one of the lucky suppliers, who requested anonymity, the prime contractor managing the project is IBM Global Services.

”We have signed contracts with IBM GS, just not BellSouth yet, but it’s been passed off by the business people over there and we are just waiting on the lawyers,” the source says.

The list of vendors and the technology each is supplying looks like this:

There could be additional vendors involved in the contract, but Boardwatch's source seems to think these are the main ones. Both Oracle and TTI already have licenses with Bell South.

Read the full story on Boardwatch.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Boardwatch

WiserNow 12/4/2012 | 11:46:12 PM
re: BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals How a giant disappears. Hard to imagine that BellSouth wouldn't have Lucent on their list if they had a remotely competitive offering.

BobbyMax 12/4/2012 | 11:46:05 PM
re: BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals BellSouth has not studied the cost contraints regarding IP Centrx deployment. There are two ways toprovide the IP Centrx Service: Class 5 Switch or SoftSwich. There is a serious feature and cost constraints involved in adopting these approaches. It appears to me that Softswitches are more expensive and do not have a complete set of features found the Class 5 Switches.

Lucent has implemented IP centrx service in the Chicago area.
aswath 12/4/2012 | 11:46:02 PM
re: BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals If IP Centrex is based on Softswitch then the whole enterprise must use VoIP. Otherwise there are problems with features like shared call appearance and the like.

In my opinion, this is one of the benefits of Lucent's implementation (it goes without saying that all Centrex features are transparently available on the VoIP interface).

dljvjbsl 12/4/2012 | 11:45:59 PM
re: BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals It is no exaggeration to say that Centrex is not a popular option with customers. Indeed many if not most Centrex customers actively despise it.

What is going to change if it is now called IP Centrex? It will still be a switch created by the telephone company and supplied to private enterprise. The switch will still be under-featured and over-priced.

John Roth was all in favor of this sort of idea dur9ng his tenure at Nortel. According to Roth, everything was going to be hoseted in the network. There wouldbe very little need for privately owned CPE. We all know what happened to Nortel during Roth's presidency. His successors at Nortel have de-emphasized these ideas which is one of ther main reasons for Nortel's recent success.
dljvjbsl 12/4/2012 | 11:45:57 PM
re: BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals Where is Nortel as well. DMS has faded.
t-bird 12/4/2012 | 11:44:50 PM
re: BellSouth Close to Dishing Deals I'm a grad student looking into Lucent's restucturing and shift to a services focus. I'd like to hear opinions on how well positioned they are for this move and whether or not it will save them.

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