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Events in telecommunications history

1956

The first transatlantic telephone cable was laid between Oban in Scotland and Clarenville in Newfoundland, a distance of 2,240 miles. After crossing Newfoundland, a further submarine cable was used to complete the connection to the mainland of North America, some of the circuits terminating in Canada and some in the USA. The Post Office cableship HMTS 'Monarch' (No. 4) participated in the lay. The cable entered service on 25 September at 6pm. It was withdrawn in 1978.

The Weather Forecast Service and the Test Match Information Service were introduced.

The Joint Electronic Research Committee (JERC) was formed to co- ordinate research and development on electronic charges.

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