Cable & Wireless is banging the ATM drum, announcing a multi-million contract to build a global ATM for Compaq Computer Corp.
It is replacing Compaq?s existing networks and those of its acquired businesses, Tandem and Digital Equipment, and the three-year contract covers Compaq?s data, voice and multimedia infrastructures.
The ATM will be implemented over eight sites initially, including the UK, Germany, three sites in the US, Hong Kong and Japan, and eventually, it will link over 70,000 staff in 100 sites worldwide.
Laurence Cranwell, Compaq?s director of communications technology, said that several carriers demonstrated good global coverage, ?but Cable & Wireless now acts as our global agent for end-to-end services, eliminating the need for us to negotiate with local telecommunication providers.?
Cable & Wireless ECRC, a Munich-based ISP acquired only in January, is to host the European webservers of Compaq?s Alta Vista business, formerly part of Digital Equipment.
Cable and Wireless announced separately that it plans to integrate a new global ATM network with its Internet backbone within the year, and the four key hubs in Europe, Asia, Australia and the US will deliver services to over 80 countries.
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