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BT ANNOUNCES NEW TRANSATLANTIC FIBER OPTIC CABLE LINKING EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

 BT ANNOUNCES NEW TRANSATLANTIC FIBER OPTIC CABLE
 LINKING EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
 NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- BT has announced from London that a new transatlantic fiber optic cable (TAT-9), is now in service. The cable, an undersea optical fiber network, links the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Spain.
 The new 9,000 kilometers cable can carry the equivalent of 80,000 voice calls -- twice that of TAT-8--the first transatlantic fiber optic cable which was brought into service in 1988.
 Mike Read, BT's director of International Networks, said: "There has been massive growth in communications between Europe and North America in the past few years. TAT-9 is now essential to keep pace with the increasing flow of telephone calls, fax messages, plus video- conferencing and data communications.
 "Today's announcement is also significant in that it demonstrates clearly how international co-operation in telecommunications brings tangible benefits to customers."
 The cable features 1.5 micron laser technology and strands of glass fiber which can provide 565 megabits of information over each of two working pairs of glass fiber. One additional pair is in reserve for restoration and maintenance purposes.
 Landing points for the cable are in Goonhilly, Cornwall; Manahawkin, N.J.; Pennant Point, Canada; St. Hilaire, France; Conil, Spain.
 The cable is co-owned by 39 telecommunications operators. The major shareholders include BT, AT&T, Teleglobe and France Telecom.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: BT -- formerly British Telecom -- has been the trading name of British Telecommunications plc. since April 2, 1991./
 /CONTACT: BT North America, 212-297-2700, or BT Corporate Newsroom, 011-44-71-356-5359/ CO: BT North America Inc. ST: New York, New Jersey IN: TLS SU:


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