Qwest For MCI?

Krapf, Eric
April 2005
Business Communications Review;Apr2005, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p14
Trade Publication
This article presents information regarding the strength of the bid of telecommunication company Qwest to buy MCI Inc. Even a successful bid by Qwest to acquire MCI would simply change the sequence of events in the inevitable carrier consolidation. If Qwest managed to wrest MCI away from Verizon, it would probably be only a matter of time before Verizon simply acquired the combined Qwest-MCI, Stuck believes. Verizon can wait, buy Qwest-MCI later for probably the same or less than it is offering today for MCI alone. Even though Qwest officials have emphasized cost reductions over new services. It is believed that the Denver-based RBOC would bring a different focus to the combined company than would Verizon. These may be interesting potential services and capabilities, but enterprise customers tend to value carrier stability above just about everything else, never more so than now, when the entire carrier industry is entering a period of flux. That may explain the reaction that Hank Levine got when he asked for a show of hands from a crowd of 100 or so enterprise customers at a recent seminar.


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