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MCI in OSS Chaos

ATLANTA -- Supercomm -- Most large carriers have ended up in a tangle with their operations support systems as they’ve built dedicated networks to deliver different services, each of which has required its own proprietary management systems. Few, however, can match the tangle that bankrupt IXC, MCI (Nasdaq: MCIT) -- WorldCom as was -- now faces, the scale of which was spelled out to Boardwatch by Nagesh Tata, MCI’s senior manager of global operations, here at the Light Reading LIVE! event yesterday.

”We’ve got 2,000 different OSS systems, including resource managers, maintenance tools, five different provisioning systems, trouble ticketing systems, remote testing, individual project tools, several different inventory systems, each with their own accounting system,” says Tata. “There’s a lot of chaos still at this point."

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dave77777 12/4/2012 | 11:58:31 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos This is how MCI was able to hide its massive losses for so long.
materialgirl 12/4/2012 | 11:58:28 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos What else did anyone else expect from a company cobbled together by a high number of acquisitions? It shows part of the problem the much anticipated industry consolidation will pose for managements going forward. In the other hand, if starting from scratch may be better, why does no one want to buy the Global Crossing asserts? No wonder LU is becoming a service company!
BobbyMax 12/4/2012 | 11:58:17 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos Using 2,000 OSSs in the MCI network is reallly an outrageous disclosure. If the company is so incompetent so as noyt to undertake integration and limit the number of OSSs does not require a lot of intelligence.

MCI is not an R&D company and as such it cannot undertake the massive task of integration and testing.

"DR" Capella, CEO and cHairman of MCI does not care as he is getting huge bonus and stock options. He has become the chairman of MCI without any background in the Telecom and Networking industry. This is really the height of corruption in the business world. If the MCI Board has questionable bakground and character, these are not going to question any thing.

To add insult to the injury, the US Government has been awarding a lot of contracts to MCI without going throgh the competive bidding process.
gea 12/4/2012 | 11:58:15 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos BobbyMax:

All your base are belong to us.
signmeup 12/4/2012 | 11:58:13 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos Anyone who has been in the industry even a short time knows that this is simply not true. Regardless of what you think about the management of the company, the fact remains that they own UUNET, the largest US service provider; they own the largest long-distance & phone card service in the US; and they own an extensive frame-relay and ATM network that provides service to hundreds of thousands of customers.

What about them going bankrupt causes this to transform into a pile of wire? Is UUNET no longer around? Does MCI no longer offer long-distance services? Have you seen a 10-10-220 comercial lately?

The fact of the matter is that MCI is an extremely valuable company in terms of revenue potential. Yes, it was horrendously overstated and lied about, but it is still a valuable company. When they come out of bankruptcy, I would expect someone (bellsouth) to snatch them up. Obviously, they have to shed the bulk of their debt load, but hey, isn't that what bankruptcy is good for?

So, again, your statement is simply not true...
jnj 12/4/2012 | 11:58:13 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos so call it MCI and the gov't throws money at it and the wallstreet smart guys are rubbing their hands together..
signmeup 12/4/2012 | 11:58:12 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos Now I agree with you there. It is simply wrong that the only people hurt so far out of the deal were the shareholders.

It's time for the government to stop ridiculous bankruptcy laws that allow a coporation to make scapegoats out of the shareholders and re-enter the market squeaky clean.

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jnj 12/4/2012 | 11:58:12 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos the point is they were fine companies on their own but what worldcon got was grab their cash flow and the task of consolidating these companies never happened..no cohesion, no economies, no intergrated operational game plan.
And shedding they're debt is great if your not a vendor who had supplied you with goods, services and now get stiffed along with 10,000's of shareholders..a lastly, it's a gift for the new owners to be able to compete with the guys who are loaded with debt..Verizon could spiff up their balance sheet by getting rid of say 40-60 billion...hey why not..who wants to pay bills?
Masena 12/4/2012 | 11:58:09 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos Obviously signmeup you must work for WorldCom MCI. UUNet was only the Largest, as like all things MCI did they lied!! The numbers all places reported were provided by MCI so yes "they" were the largest in their own Mind. As far as Fiber and other customer data pricing points they lied about that as well!! They did not have more customers or more lines than AT&T.

MCI is only valuable to those who now stand to benefit from a relief of debt by bankruptcy. The only way once again that they can compete. i do feel sorry for all those who invested and lost for their faith and support.

Even worse MCI had the balls to ask for a Tax refund on the amount they lied when they overstated.... They also got a slap on the wrist 500M fine whoopiiiie that was joke like the GSA who for whatever reason is still supporting them, even though the Government preaches we will not do business with bankrupt companies.





signmeup 12/4/2012 | 11:58:07 PM
re: MCI in OSS Chaos Man, every time I speak up someone accuses me of working for that company <g>!

No, I do not work for MCI/UUNET/WCOM. Regardless of what you personally think of the company, THEY ARE WORTH MONEY based on their assets. Read their latest filing and you can see they have substantial revenues based on the services they provide. While some customers have jumped ship, many others took advantage of the situation and forced MCI into long-term contracts with extremely attractive rates.

Once again, it is not about the morality of the situation - THE FACT REMAINS THAT THEY HAVE VALUABLE ASSETS.

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