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Western Telegraph Co

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1898 The Western and Brazilian Telegraph Co was amalgamated with the Brazilian Submarine Telegraph Co as the Western Telegraph Co; W. Stratford Andrews became Chairman of the combined undertaking, a position he retained until his resignation in 1902.

1925 The start of laying a new telegraph cable across the Atlantic, from Penzance to Newfoundland. The existing 15 cables were said to be obsolete[1]

1928 With increasing competition from companies using radio communications it was decided to merge the communications methods of the British Empire into one operating company, initially known as the Imperial and International Communications Ltd, which would carry out these operations. The operations that were merged included the Post Office's wireless stations and its two Anglo-Canadian cables (on a 25-year lease) as well the cable and wireless operations of Eastern Telegraph Co, Western Telegraph Co, Eastern Extension Co, the Pacific and European Co, and Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co, and 8 others, as well as interests in 18 other companies in various parts of the world[2]. All of the shares in the new company would be held by the member companies.

1929 Public company formed: Cables and Wireless Ltd which would be the merger company, holding the interests by exchange of shares in the merger company[3].


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1925/02/27
  2. The Times, 2 July 1930
  3. The Times, 10 April 1929