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November 23, 1995

BRITISH TELECOM HAS PROBLEMS WITH TRANSATLANTIC JANET LINK

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK JANET Joint Academic Network hit problems with its transatlantic links earlier this month, causing British Telecommunications Plc to re-route traffic through its BTNet Internet service, reducing speeds to about 1.5Mbps according to one user, and causing delays throughout the network. Details of the problem are vague, but British Telecom was quick to absolve itself of blame. A statement released by the company in the early stages of the breakdown said that the JANET links to Sprint in the USA are working fine but, due to a configuration error on a Sprint router, JANET [was] still using the BTNet-MCI transatlantic link. British Telecom said that it was unable to provide further details before our deadline, but users of JANET have reported that the service now appears to have returned to normal.

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