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How long does an e-mail take to get from Warsaw to Tokyo?

To travel the distance of more than 8500 km between those two capitals, information takes just 120140 milliseconds* not much more than the blink of an eye. For many industries and professions this rapid transfer of data is of critical importance, as it helps determine competitiveness, profits, and business success.

Warsaw, 4 November 2014 ATM S.A., owner and operator of the Polish nationwide ATMAN fiber-optic network, and provider of data center services in Poland (under the ATMAN and Thinx Poland brands), points out several critical factors that determine the speed and time of data transfer.

The heavier the data is, and the longer the distance it has to travel, the more time it needs to reach the intended recipient. Information from Warsaw can reach another Polish city in as little as 2.55 milliseconds, and other European countries in just 510 milliseconds. In turn, sending data to the conurbations on the east coast of the United States takes 7090 milliseconds, says Dariusz Wichniewicz, Director of the Telecommunications Services Development Department at ATM S.A.

Differences measured in milliseconds obviously need not concern the average Internet user. Nonetheless, for more and more industries and professions, data transfer speed is an invaluable commodity, as it can sometimes mean the difference between success and failure in the marketplace, Dariusz Wichniewicz adds.

Capital markets provide a prime example. The moment at which a sale or purchase of securities is confirmed can make the difference between huge profits or equally large losses. Data transfer speeds and times are no less important to fans of online computer games, viewers of video streams of sporting and business events, and users of cloud-based and mobile solutions.

All of these groups, however, expect data transfer to be not only fast, but also stable regardless of the amount of information being sent.

This is made possible by ATM S.A., which provides fast and stable access to the Internet and data transmission using its own extensive ATMAN fiber-optic network. The company has already earned a place in the history of Polish telecommunications, becoming the nations first firm to connect to the Internet at the start of the 1990s, and then the first to offer commercial Internet access. At present, apart from IP services, it also offers colocation and hosting, and is creating private computing clouds in its own data centers.

* One millisecond is one thousandth of a second.

is a Polish public company (WSE: ATM) providing innovative ICT solutions for business since 1991. Under the brands of ATMAN and Thinx Poland the company offers telecommunications services based on its own fiber networks and three data centers in Poland, with 10,600 sq m (ca. 114,100 sq ft) of state-of-the-art colocation space. Key elements of ATMs offer include: colocation and hosting, broadband data transmission and Internet access. In particular, carriers, Internet portals, traditional media and financial institutions may be found among the receivers of ATM services.

The company is the only Polish operator present in four of Europe's largest interconnect nodes: AMS-IX Amsterdam, DE-CIX Frankfurt LINX London and MSK-IX Moscow.
More information at www.atman.pl and www.thinx.pl.

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