|[08 JUN 99] MARCONI
COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Marconi Takes Off In USA With 'World First' Order
Later today in the United States, Marconi Communications will announce its
arrival into the US telecoms market - the world's biggest - with orders from major
telephone network operator BellSouth for its industry-leading customer access equipment.
The breakthrough will be revealed at the top trade show,
SUPERCOMM '99, in Atlanta, as Marconi launches itself as a major new player in North
The move follows its acquisition of the Ohio-based RELTEC
Corporation - re-branded as Marconi Communications from June 1.
Marconi's US debut is confirmed with orders from the $23
billion BellSouth communications company for 'fibre-to-the-curb' equipment which will
provide 200,000 homes in Atlanta and Miami with super-fast access to broadcast video,
internet and telephony services.
"This is the largest fibre-to-the-curb initiative in
the world and immediately establishes Marconi as a leader in access solutions for the vast
American marketplace," said Mike Parton, managing director of Marconi Communications.
"It is a clear demonstration that we have the products
which can break the bandwidth bottleneck which is preventing many local subscribers
enjoying full access to very high speed communications services."
Marconi is supplying BellSouth with a tailor-made version
of its FiberStar equipment, a new multimedia access platform which supercharges the speeds
at which communications traffic can travel over the 'last mile' of fibre optic networks.
It features a unique optical network unit that takes the full benefits of fibre
transmission to within 500 feet of subscribers and uses new techniques to deliver
fibre-to-the-home access speeds, even over old-fashioned copper cables.
"With our equipment, operators like BellSouth can
provide customers with virtually unlimited bandwidth at an economical cost," Mr
FiberStar is one of a host of new transmission and access
products being launched by Marconi at SUPERCOMM '99 - including the company's
SmartPhotonix family of dense wave division multiplexing (DVDM) equipment, billed as the
key technology for the next generation of network communications.
Marconi is also showing new ways of increasing speeds over
copper cables using digital subscriber line (DSL) technology.
Marconi Communications is a world leader in smart broadband
transmission, access equipment and network integration. It has sales to more than 140
countries, a major presence in the United Kingdom, the USA, Italy and South Africa and is
wholly owned by GEC, a global manufacturer of intelligent electronic systems.
Communications Press Office 0115 906 4687