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KPNQwest fallout fails to hit .gov

Academic network Janet had a lucky escape this week when it avoided the turmoil following the collapse of Internet service...

Academic network Janet had a lucky escape this week when it avoided the turmoil following the collapse of Internet service provider KPNQwest.

At the time of going to press, KPNQwest's network was still running, while the company's trustees attempted to get enough funds from creditors to keep the network from complete shutdown.

KPNQwest customers facing the shutdown of the company's network are not the only ones affected - all European Internet users face bottlenecks and delays, with 30% of European capacity under threat.

Tim Kidd, production services director of the UK Education & Research Networking Association, which runs the Janet network for the UK's higher education institutions and administers the .ac.uk and .gov.uk TLDs, got a phone call saying that KPNQwest was going into administration last Friday morning and that its network service was at risk.

"We needed to find someone to provide 1.2gbps of global Internet transit very quickly. Luckily we were talking to Worldcom that day and we managed to move entirely to their network in the space of 4.5 hours without interruption," said Kidd.

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