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Alcatel NV indicated in April that it was open to offers for its Christian Rovsing A/S data networking equipment specialist in Denmark (CI No 915), and the company has handed the jewel in the Rovsing crown, its contracts to build data networks for North American airlines, over to the BBN Communications Corp subsidiary of Bolt, Beranek & Newman Inc of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alcatel is exiting the airline networks business, and BBN will now complete the data communications and reservations network Rovsing was building for Delta Air Lines, using technology developed by Rovsing, and Alcatel has transferred rights to the technology, some products, and other assets, to BBN. Most of the Rovsing employees have transferred to BBN, and the Cambridge company looks for business totalling $25m to $30m from Delta, the sum including a cash payment from Alcatel in lieu of costs it would otherwise have incurred. A key product that BBN gets under the agreement is a Rovsing IBM channel-connect CPU for use in SNA nets, an area in which BBN wants to expand.

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