HK IT Expo Opens On Internet Traffic Jam 09/29/95

postel at ISI.EDU postel at ISI.EDU
Sat Sep 30 00:04:08 UTC 1995

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Date: Fri, 29 Sep 1995 17:58:16 -0400
From: David Farber <farber at>
Subject: HK IT Expo Opens On Internet Traffic Jam 09/29/95

CENTRAL, HONG KONG, 1995 SEP 29 (NB) -- Hong Kong's IT Expo opened on
Wednesday for a four-day spree and organizers said at 5pm on the
opening day that 10,000 visitors had already been through the doors.
It's the sixth Expo and so far the largest, with over 240 exhibitors

Unlike other years, major computer manufacturers were notable by
their absence -- with only IBM, Digital and Microsoft making their
presence felt with large stands. Most of the action on Day One was
centered around Internet products and service providers.

But Wednesday was not the best of days to start putting the Internet
through its paces before the public. As the crowds turned up and
providers began hyping the wonders of e-mail, databases and World
Wide Web sites from Alabama to Zagreb, computer response became
embarrassingly slow.

One of the territory's largest providers, Asia On-Line, reported a
major problem somewhere in the US "backbone" of the Internet.
Technical staff were unsure which company was having problems, but
noted that the system kept looking for alternative routes, indicating
that one of the larger data highways was closed to traffic.

(Nigel Armstrong & I.T. Daily/19950928)

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