Wednesday, October 26, 2005

CTO: BellSouth lost 9 COs to Katrina



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Today's focus: CTO: BellSouth lost 9 COs to Katrina

By Jim Duffy

LAS VEGAS -- Hurricane Katrina destroyed nine BellSouth central
offices in the Gulf Coast region, BellSouth's CTO said this

The lost COs served 20,000 lines on the Mississippi coast and on
the peninsula south of New Orleans, said Bill Smith, BellSouth
CTO. BellSouth is deploying digital loop carrier systems to
restore service, Smith says.

Reconstructing the COs, however, will depend on whether people
repopulate those affected areas.

"The ones that were totally destroyed were typically small
offices," Smith says.

BellSouth has 4.7 million lines in the Katrina-affected areas of
Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Eleven other COs are still out of service but in various stages
of restoration, Smith says. Two in heavily devastated areas of
downtown New Orleans will be restored this month and in
mid-November, he says.

BellSouth is sticking to its initial estimates of $400 million
to $600 million in costs associated with the most destructive
storm in U.S. history, which devastated New Orleans and the Gulf
Coast in late August. The carrier expects to take a $100 million
charge against earnings in the third quarter to cover costs
associated with asset impairment.

In a wide-ranging interview with Network World at the Telecom
'05 conference here, Smith said BellSouth has all of the
technology assets it requires to compete with the mega-carriers
formed from the mergers of SBC and AT&T, and Verizon and MCI.
Owing to a recent nationwide MPLS interconnect agreement with
Sprint Nextel, Smith says it is not incumbent upon BellSouth to
acquire additional facilities in order to compete.

"We believe that we've got the capabilities to compete
effectively, particularly with the recent announcement with
Sprint," he says. "Prior to that agreement, it was a challenge."

The challenge for SBC and Verizon, Smith notes, is that they are
acquiring carriers that have a declining revenue base. Though
the services are still profitable, it will be hard, if not
impossible, to generate top-line growth.

"I think we can be very competitive because it's new revenue for
us, and as long as it's profitable revenue the fact that it's
being priced down from what it used to be to what it is now is
irrelevant to us," he says. "An incumbent provider has that
concern to deal with."

Smith says BellSouth chose Sprint over Qwest, with which it has
an existing nationwide wholesale arrangement, because testing
demonstrated that BellSouth could extend the same SLAs and
service classes it offers regionally for managed VPNs on its
nine-state IP backbone end-to-end across the Sprint network.

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has 18 years of high-tech reporting experience, including over
12 years at Network World. Previously, he was senior editor at
Computer Systems News and associate editor/reporter at
Electronic News and MIS Week. He can be reached at
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