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August 29, 1988

BRITISH TELECOM GOES IT ALONE IN UNIX SYSTEMS WITH PLANNED 68030 BOX; SIGNS UNISOFT

By CBR Staff Writer

British Telecommunications Plc is planning to expand its line of Unix micros with the launch of a Motorola 68030-based model to top its M6000 range of computer systems this October, and has called on Unisoft Corp to carry out an implementation of Uniplus+ System V.3 for the new machine, in a deal said to be worth over UKP150,000. Originally based on systems bought in from Leicester, UK manufacturer Bleasdale Computers, Telecom’s Fulcrum Communications Division has since taken over manufacturing and development of the line, and launched the 68020-based 6300 and 6500 systems at the end of last year. Telecom is now using the 6000 Series as the basis of its Common Office Automation System for Telecom, Coast, project, which will link 60,000 employees of the phone company around the country. Business development manager John Sharplin said that, having established the systems within Telecom itself, the company would be looking for substantial growth in other strategic areas, particularly in Government departments. The Unisoft contract includes the porting of communications facilities such as TCP/IP and Sun Micro’s Network File System.

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