Long lost leased services

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau

Stranded assets were mentioned in an earlier post, but one asset class that was overlooked in that post was services leased from other communications providers.

It’s not uncommon for enterprise customers to ask third-party analysts to conduct carrier bill audits and find that the analyst fees are more than paid for by leased that are being paid for but no longer used, usually as a result of the MACD (Moves, Adds, Changes, Deletes) cycle.

As surprising as it may sound, it’s not uncommon for CSPs either. Afterall, they lease circuits off each other when they don’t have suitable network coverage to service their needs or the needs of customers.

Your OSS can be a means to overcome these long lost services. A few notes to consider:

  • With carrier-to-carrier portals, it should be possible to scrape leased circuit data for inclusion in your OSS
  • If not, you should be able to map into inventory as special services
  • If mapped into your spatial / GIS tools, you may look to change the route weighting of the service, either up or down depending on whether you want traffic to go off-net (ie load up someone else’s network) or on-net (ie cost rate is generally cheaper than wholesale leased rates)
  • You can cross-reference data from your Performance Management tools to determine whether you have links that aren’t in use
  • Before deleting these unused links, you may want to check that they aren’t back-up / DR links that are used to provide resilience to other live circuits
  • As another means of reconciliation, if you set up linking keys, you should be able to cross-reference against billing data on a link-by-link basis

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