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1857 The company was formed by John Watkins Brett in order to link Malta with the French and Italian land systems via a cable from Sardinia to Malta.
R. S. Newall and Co were contracted to manufacture and lay the cable, which ran from Sardinia to Malta and on to Corfu.
Later a cable was laid from Corfu to Otranto, Italy.
1859 The Malta cable failed. Glass, Elliot and Co were contracted to lay a cable linking Sicily and Malta.
1861 The Corfu cable failed.