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Long Distance Services : A Buyers' Guide - Danny Briere

Long Distance Services

A Buyers' Guide

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Published: 19th September 1990
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This book covers everything from MTS (basic service) to WATS, 800, 900, virtual networks, facsimile networks, travel cards, private lines and intrastate and international services. It examines the impact of changing technology on the corporate network - ISDN, SS7 and intelligent network expansions. The book shows you how to deploy these long distance options for effectively meeting your organization's business objectives.

Introductionp. 1
Value-Added Services Gain Importancep. 1
About this Bookp. 2
The Long Distance Marketplacep. 7
Looking Backp. 7
The New ATandTp. 9
The New RHCsp. 11
Equal Accessp. 12
The Market Todayp. 13
The Market Playersp. 14
The Major Carriersp. 16
The Dynamics of Today's Marketp. 19
The Local and Long Distance Networkp. 23
The Local Exchange Central Officep. 24
Central Officesp. 26
Remote Switching Unitsp. 26
The Long Distance Carrier Point of Presencep. 26
The Long Distance Networkp. 28
The Local Loop -- Accessing the Long Distance Networkp. 30
Switched Accessp. 30
Dedicated Accessp. 34
T-1 Dedicated Access Connectionsp. 35
Intra-LATA Screeningp. 35
Other Forms of Accessp. 36
Centrexp. 37
ISDNp. 38
Other Means of Local Accessp. 39
Alternatives to the Local Networkp. 41
Bypass Optionsp. 41
Microwavep. 42
Infraredp. 45
Satellitep. 46
Fiber and Copper Cablingp. 47
Metropolitan Area Networksp. 49
The Future of Alternative Accessp. 50
MTS and WATS Servicesp. 51
MTS Ages Poorlyp. 52
Stepping Up From MTSp. 53
700 Servicesp. 54
WATSp. 54
New Access Mechanismsp. 55
Traditional Pricing Abandonedp. 55
Choosing a Long Distance Servicep. 57
Discount Maniap. 58
Multi-Location Plansp. 59
WATS Featuresp. 59
The Future of MTS and WATSp. 60
800 Servicesp. 63
Current Developments in 800p. 66
Banded Servicesp. 66
Volume Pricing and Long-term Plansp. 66
Changing Access Methodsp. 70
800 Coverage Expansionp. 71
Network Intelligencep. 71
Database Accessp. 76
Number Portability Tied to SS7p. 76
Selling against ATandTp. 78
ATandT Call Referralp. 79
Toll-Free and Automatic Number Identificationp. 79
The Drawbacks to 800p. 80
The Future of 800p. 81
Private Line Servicesp. 83
Defining Private Linesp. 85
Fractional T-1p. 88
IXC Fractional T-1 Productsp. 90
The RBOCs and Fractional T-1p. 90
T-3p. 92
Switched Private Line Servicesp. 93
Private Line Enhancementsp. 96
Carriers Fight a Mature Marketp. 96
Customizing Private Linesp. 97
Network Management Offeringsp. 98
ATandT's Network Productsp. 98
MCI's INMSp. 101
Other Carrier's Ready Productsp. 102
User Pitfalls - Assumptionsp. 103
New Providers Entering the Marketplacep. 104
The Future of Private Linesp. 105
Virtual Network Servicesp. 107
The Concept of Virtual Networksp. 108
Network Architecturesp. 110
Different Network Prioritiesp. 110
Carrier Network Capabilitiesp. 112
Dialing Schemesp. 112
Conversion Capabilitiesp. 114
Access Methodsp. 114
Carrier Feature Optionsp. 115
The Bottom Linep. 121
The Future of Virtual Networksp. 121
Calling Cardsp. 123
The Productsp. 123
The History of Calling Cardsp. 125
ATandT's Competitorsp. 127
Bank Cards and Calling Cardsp. 130
BOC and Independent Cardsp. 130
Payphone Presubscriptionp. 131
The Key Role of Signalingp. 132
Problems with Validationp. 133
Shopping for calling cardsp. 134
The Future of Calling Cardsp. 135
Facsimile Networksp. 137
Different Kinds of Fax Network Programsp. 137
How They Workp. 140
How They Are Usedp. 141
Hunting for a Fax Networkp. 142
The Future of Facsimile Networksp. 143
900 Servicesp. 145
The Principle behind 900 Servicesp. 146
The 900 Networkp. 148
900 Image Problemsp. 148
Why 900?p. 151
Increasing Corporate Usep. 152
Carrier Servicesp. 154
Service Bureausp. 157
Choosing a 900 Carrierp. 158
Choosing a Service Bureaup. 162
LEC Billing Problemsp. 164
900 Blockingp. 166
The Future of 900p. 167
Cellular Servicesp. 169
Cellular Service Expandsp. 170
Types of Cellular Servicep. 172
Enhanced Featuresp. 174
Calling from Outside the Local Areap. 176
The Drawbacks of Cellular Servicesp. 178
The Future of Cellular Servicesp. 180
Billingp. 183
Call Detail Strugglesp. 184
Competitive New Billing Servicesp. 184
Invoice and Management Informationp. 185
Billing Consolidationp. 186
The New Paper Billp. 187
Magnetic Mediap. 188
On-Line Billingp. 189
EDI Invoicingp. 191
The Future Of Long Distance Billingp. 193
Intrastate Servicesp. 195
Intrastate Competitionp. 195
Selling Intrastate Servicesp. 196
The Regulatory Status of Other Providersp. 197
The Status of State Deregulationp. 198
Present Intrastate Servicesp. 198
State Governments and Universitiesp. 199
The Future of Intrastate Servicesp. 200
International Servicesp. 201
The European Landscapep. 202
International Standards Remain Importantp. 203
Operating Agreementsp. 204
Collection Ratesp. 205
The Global Political Picturep. 205
Growth-Based Accounting Ratesp. 206
Competition in the International Arenap. 206
International Networkingp. 206
International Constructionp. 207
Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnershipsp. 208
The BOCs Go Globalp. 208
International Virtual Network Servicesp. 209
Virtual Networks and British Telecomp. 210
Interlinking Global Networksp. 211
British Telecom's Future Virtual Network Servicep. 212
Virtual Networks and Mercury Communicationsp. 212
Exporting U.S. Intelligence Abroadp. 213
Access Burden on Customerp. 214
International Virtual Net Expansion Plansp. 215
ATandTp. 215
MCIp. 216
US Sprintp. 217
International Networking Issuesp. 217
The Future of International Servicesp. 218
Carrier Pricing Strategiesp. 219
Aggregationp. 219
Checking out an aggregatorp. 220
The Emergence of Aggregatorsp. 224
The Limits of Aggregationp. 225
MCI and Sprint Shun Aggregationp. 226
The Regulatory Status of Aggregatorsp. 226
The Future of Aggregationp. 227
The Move to Switched Servicesp. 228
ATandT's Strategiesp. 229
Migratory Product Linep. 231
ATandT Network Redevelopmentp. 231
US Sprint's Strategiesp. 232
MCI's Strategiesp. 234
The Future of Pricingp. 235
Conclusionp. 237
The New Long Distance Environmentp. 238
Finding the Userp. 238
Glossaryp. 241
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780890064399
ISBN-10: 0890064393
Series: Telecommunications Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 19th September 1990
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.63