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Oftel today proclaimed 90 per cent of UK public phone networks to be Y2K safe. The industry watchdog said it expected all stragglers to reach compliance by September, following an independent assessment of the country’s telecomms industry. A government statement revealed Oftel had adopted what it called "Action 2000’s ‘traffic lights’ system" to describe the different stages of compliance. "This means that 90 per cent of telecomms networks are ‘blue’ – the Y2K programmes have been monitored and no material risk of disruption identified. "All the major fixed networks, all providers of 999 service and the four mobile networks are assessed as ‘blue’," it said. The remaining 10 per cent of the public networks were said to be at "amber." David Edmonds, director general of telecommunications, said: "Today's report reinforces public confidence that network operators will continue to deliver consumers business as usual into the new millennium." The Register has every confidence in this promise, though has yet to see a blue traffic light. ®

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