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Laura picks up the phone and makes a little bit of history.

Schoolgirl Laura Wess made telecommunications history today.

Laura, 11, became the first person to make a telephone call using BT's 21st Century network, which is going to be rolled out across Wales and the rest of the UK over the next five years.

Laura called the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Reverend John Davies, from Wick and Marcross Church in Wales School, in the Vale of Glamorgan at 9.20am today.

Laura, who said she was 'very excited' to be making the call, told the Bishop: 'I'm ringing to give us some exciting news about the village of Wick.

'This phone call is making history and you are making history, too.'

The Bishop, who has special responsibility for education in the Church in Wales replied: 'What an historic day.'

Ann Beynon, BT's director in Wales, said: 'This is a global and industry first. It is an historic day for the UK and Wales. It is certainly an historic day for Wick.'

The new technology means telephone calls, the internet and other telecommunication services can all be accessed using a single line.

So far 2,300 kilometres of fibre optic cable have been laid in South Wales.

Today's phone call comes more than 100 years after Marconi made history at nearby Lavernock Point with the first successful wireless signals over water to Flatholm in May, 1897.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 28, 2006
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