PCT No. PCT/US96/06026 Sec. 371 Date May 11, 1998 Sec. 102(e) Date May 11, 1998 PCT Filed Apr. 29, 1996 PCT Pub. No. WO96/34463 PCT Pub. Date Oct. 31, 1996A method is provided for recovery of lost cells in a telecommunications infrastructure such as an ATM network wherein an error recovery scheme is incorporated into the network infrastructure to allow recovery of cells along the network.