WorldCom Inks Managed E-Mail Deal

WorldCom Inc. on Wednesday announced that the carrier has signed up insurance giant AFLAC as one of the first mega-enterprises to use its managed e-mail services, which debuted in the spring in the company's "generation d initiative."

Before Clinton, Miss.-based WorldCom became mired in the events surrounding its failed merger attempts with Sprint, WorldCom unveiled the effort built around a suite of e-business tools. Managed e-mail is part of that toolkit.

Generation d was also billed as a major effort by WorldCom to shed its telecom image. It was at the initiative's announcement that CEO Bernie Ebbers insisted that MCI be dropped from the WorldCom name.

Ebbers also said then that the company would spend most of its energy and investment resources developing services for both established companies looking to quickly take on advanced Web capability and the burgeoning new class of e-commerce companies.

Citing the AFLAC win, WorldCom says it is positioned to offer large businesses a way to ditch the need for buying and managing servers to run staple functions such as e-mail.

WorldCom will work with partner Critical Path to provide the managed offering to AFLAC, which is based in Columbus, Ga.

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