|[12 APR 99] MARCONI
COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Marconi Wins £100m Orders For Romanian MoD
Romanian Ministry of Defence has placed orders worth more than £100 million with Marconi
Communications for a new, integrated military communications system to be used throughout
its army, navy and air forces.
The latest order, for £82 million, is for the second phase
of a project, started in 1995, which will provide the Romanian armed forces with their
first fully interoperable telecommunications network, using the latest automated digital
technology from Marconi.
The system comprises a national backbone infrastructure of
400 fixed and transportable radio communications centres, which is scheduled for
completion in 2002.
Marconi is supplying transmission elements, digital
switches and multiplexers, network management capabilities and application software, which
will be the standard for future development of the system in the next century. A
proportion of the switching and multiplexer equipment will be built in Romania under a
technology licencing agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Marconi.
Marconi Communications military manager Silvono Poggi said:
"The orders so far received represent the first two phases in a continuing
development of Romania's tri-services communications capabilities. This is an extremely
important contract for us, in which we have succeeded against fierce international
The radio communications technology on which the Romanian
system is based is already used by military forces in Italy, Canada, Denmark, Greece,
France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, Bulgaria and Brazil.
Marconi Communications is a world leader in smart broadband
transmission and network integration. Based in the UK and Italy, it has sales to more than
140 countries and is wholly owned by GEC, a global manufacturer of intelligent electronic
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