The abrupt departure of Howard Ford as managing director of Cellnet last week is linked to problems with a #100 million billing and administration project, according to a report in 'The Financial Times'.
The development, called Project Force, is a billing and customer care system for Cellnet?s service providers, such as airtime suppliers. However, the report suggests the programme could be abandoned in favour of a new system, and claims morale is low and staff are seeking other jobs.
Project Force is being carried out by telecomms services company, American Management Systems (AMS), which warned two weeks ago of a net income reduction of $18 million because of its ?continuing efforts to try to reach agreement with a non-US telecommunications client on a major programme".
Cellnet confirmed that a billing and administration project was underway but declined to comment on whether it was in trouble or influenced the departure of Ford. AMS was unavailable for comment.
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