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Events in Telecommunications History

1850

The British Electric Telegraph Company was formed, a rival to the monopoly of the Electric Telegraph Company.

The first submarine telegraph cable was laid across the Channel between Dover and Cape Gris Nez. This was also the first telegraph cable laid in the open sea and was laid by HM Tug Goliath accompanied by HM Packet Widgeon. It failed after only a few messages, but a successful cable was laid the following year.

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