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ATIS Reports on Network Outages

ATIS releases telecommunications network reliability report; 2004 had the lowest number of outages in 12 years

November 7, 2005

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WASHINGTON -- Calendar year 2004 was a "great year for network reliability" as measured by outage frequencies reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by wireline telecommunications providers, according to the Network Reliability Steering Committee (NRSC) Annual Report 2004, released today by ATIS.

The Annual Report 2004 analyzes major outage reports made by service providers to the FCC from January 1, 1993, through December 31, 2004. Data highlights from the Annual Report 2004 include:

  • the lowest number of outages observed since the NRSC began its analysis of industry trends in 1993;

  • facility outages were at a record low in terms of both number of events and impact;

  • lowest number of local switch outages ever observed;

  • second lowest frequency ever for tandem switch outages;

  • a five-year trend of 19% annual reduction in total outage frequency; and

  • an eight-year trend of 13% annual reduction for facility outage frequency.



The full text of the NRSC Annual Report 2004 can be found online at http://www.atis.org/nrsc/annualrpt.asp.

"The NRSC's statistical analysis over the years has given telecommunications companies guidance to allow them to focus their finite resources to preventing or reducing those types of outages that have the most severe impact. The success of that approach is shown in the 2004 results," said Archie McCain, chairman of the NRSC.

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)

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