TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: An Attribution Error

An Attribution Error

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 26 Jan 2005 23:47:38 -0000

A note I received in email today from a Digest reader who also edits
a publication of interest in telecom needs to be mentioned:

I used a paragraph from a recent Global Telecoms Business Top 5
Daily newsletter, which I will quote here:

> Subject: Where Did All the Money Go?
> From: Alan Burkitt-Gray <>
> Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 12:43:27 GMT

> Meanwhile where have the industry's revenues gone?

> A revealing email from the FCC yesterday, with a link to a 306-page
> PDF document carrying the US regulator's international traffic
> data. It's only up to the end of 2003, mind you, but nevertheless
> the information is shocking AT&T was carrying 7 billion minutes of
> international traffic in 1993 at $1 a minute. A decade later it was
> carrying almost twice as much for two thirds the revenue -- an average
> $0.31 a minute. And AT&T's revenue per minute are way higher than its
> rivals': Sprint billed $0.30 a minute for international traffic in
> 2003, MCI billed $0.13, and all other carriers an average of $0.10
> a minute. Add it all up, and international traffic into and out of
> the US has quadrupled in 10 years but revenue per minute has fallen
> to a fifth of what it was, and overall billed revenues has gone from
> $11 billion to $8 billion. And that, we hardly need to point
> out, was during a decade when the industry was spending more on
> international network connections that at any time in history. If
> that doesn't frighten you, what will?

I used Alan Burkitt-Gray's name on the article (he has written here
to the Digest in the past) but without any sort of attribution, as
though it was a personal comment from him submitted to Telecom Digest.

I should note that Allan B-G edits Global Telecoms Business magazine
and the article was actually written for his top 5 Daily Digest
members but -- as he clearly states in the intro to each issue
we should have run the entire issue of the magazine and included the
attribution along with a notice that anyone who wants it directly
should email for their own personal copy and
with the full copyright notice.

Here is the full email address to use:

email; tel +44 20 7779 8518 or +1 212 224 3880;
fax +44 20 7779 8248. Please send all press releases to

Global Telecoms Business Top 5 Daily: email Alan B-G to get on the
distribution list for this free newsletter.

For subscription details please contact Murray McArthur on; tel +44 20 7779 8710; fax +44 20 7779 8344
Nestor House, Playhouse Yard, London EC4V 5EX, UK


My apologies, Alan.

Lisa Minter

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