Cost Analysis of Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) versus Comparative Wide Area Telephone Service (WATS) at Selected Army CONUS Locations,
ARMY INFORMATION SYSTEMS COMMAND FORT HUACHUCA AZ
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The objective of this study was to compare the costs of the Federal Telecommunications System FTS and Wide Area Telephone Service WATS. To facilitate the cost comparison of FTS and WATS, an automated model was developed that performs traffic engineering determines trunking requirements and WATS costing. The model reads a file that contains a 20 percent sample of detailed records of actual calls that were placed from CONUS Army installations over the FTS network and calculates the cost of routing the same traffic over WATS trunks. Conclusions 1 The telephone system lacks controls to ensure that the system is not abused. Large volumes of nonduty hour traffic indicate a high probability that the system is being used for other than official business 2 WATS and FX services are generally less costly than FTS 3 Less than optimal use is being made of some existing telephone services. The fragmentation of authority for long distance services between the 7th Signal Command and USARCCO contributes to the unintentional mismanagement of telephone services 4 LCRs will be required to ensure that optimum use of long distance circuits is made.
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