December 12, 1997

SuperJANET pulls BT plug Cable and Wireless has pipped BT to the contract for SuperJANET III, the new high-capacity backbone which will interconnect academic metropolitan area networks (MANs) across the UK.

Cable and Wireless will use Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technology to provide connections at 155 megabits per second (Mbit/s) into a ring of switching centres sited in London, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds. The network will be installed and tested by the end of February. For institutions which are not connected to MANs, the academic networking company UKERNA will continue to use BT's Switched Multi-Megabit Data Service (SMDS) to provide access at bandwidths of 4 or 10 Mbit/s.

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