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Fears that the Internet traffic could disappear into a black hole if KPNQwest pulls the plug on its network are unfounded, according to one industry expert at least.

Earlier today some reports claimed that an "Internet black hole" would open up and swallow up to half of European internet traffic as the network hit meltdown.

But Aaron McCormack, General Manager Internet Services at BT, said the hype surrounding the situation was "over the top".

"All the major Internet players have more than adequate capacity if KPNQwest switches off its network," he said. "There's stacks of capacity around."

Of course, if some of KPNQwest's smaller customers have failed to heed the warnings then they might be in for a bit of fright. But of course, that all depends if the network is switched off.

Anyhow - panic over. ®

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