The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has warned that international calls will be cut off if telcos do not ensure their overseas links are fully tested before the third quarter of 1998.
The warning came as the ITU said it would set up a taskforce for the telecomms sector. It would be responsible for creating a database of Year 2000 information collected from telcos, and to help members ensure they are compliant.
The ITU said it has stepped up its millennium campaign, despite claiming that the bug would affect telecomms "in a more limited way" when it initially examined the issue in 1995.
A spokesperson for the ITU's networks and services group said: "Although no major disruptions are expected in international telecommunication networks [because of the date change], it is clear that the carriers will be affected whenever transactions are based on a two digit representation."
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