|[23 NOV 98]
MARCONI COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
NTL Invests In Massive Roll-Out With Marconi
one of only five national telecommunications network operators in the UK, has awarded an
multi-million pound contract for System X telephone network equipment to Marconi
Communications of New Century Park in Coventry.
The network additions - due to be operational by March 1999
- include three new System X exchanges and are being installed in a dramatically shorter
time-scale than usual. They will augment existing System X equipment installed by NTL over
the past five years. They will provide not only a significant boost in capacity, but also
the firm foundation needed for new
NTL initiatives set to generate additional revenue and
reduce operational costs.
The equipment will be fully managed by Marconiís network
management systems from NTL's Network Management Centre in Winchester, with NTL personnel
receiving training from Marconi as required, backed by a comprehensive support service.
Referring to the advanced services that a modern
infrastructure can now support, J. Barclay Knapp, NTL President & CEO, said:
"Our national network will be the key driver for all
of our growth from now on and our continuing relationship with Marconi Communications is a
vital part of that plan."
Kevin Hourigan, Coventry-based Marconi Communications
director, UK business, said:
"NTL is not just a cable company, a telecommunications
company or a TV transmission company. It has a unique mix of businesses, making it a
premier communications company for the new era of advanced services. This contract is
further evidence of NTL's confidence in Marconi and we are pleased to respond to a
remarkable opportunity, made possible through our proven and scalable System X portfolio
and experience in delivering to tight deadlines."
Marconi Communications is a world leader in smart broadband
transmission and network integration. It was formed by the merger of GPT Limited, Marconi
SpA, GEC Hong Kong and other businesses wholly owned by GEC, a global manufacturer of
intelligent electronic systems.
NTL Incorporated is a leading alternative
telecommunications company, owning and operating one of only five independent national
telecommunications networks in the UK. It offers national business telecommunications,
national and international carrier telecommunications services, plus satellite and radio
Through its local telecommunications division, NTL offers
residential telephony, residential cable TV and Internet services over advanced broadband
fibre networks in six franchise areas in the UK. Its broadcast services division operates
a national broadcast transmission network of over 1,200 owned and shared transmission
sites and offers digital and analogue broadcast transmission services to major TV and
radio stations nationwide.
In a recent surge of expansion, NTL acquired the UK cable
TV companies ComTel, Diamond Cable, Cambridge Cable and ComCast Teesside.
MORE INFORMATION: Marconi Communications Press Office 0115 9433687