|[12 JAN 99] MARCONI
COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Marconi Coventry Wins Russian Contract
Marconi Communications of Coventry has won what is believed to be
the first-ever contract to supply the latest European standard mobile radio technology in
the Russian Federation. It has been chosen for the Metro System underground railway of St
The system, known as TETRA (TERRestrial Trunked Radio), was
selected by the St Petersburg Research Institute of Fine Mechanics, main contractors for
"Our solution is fully standards-compliant and also
innovative, flexible and cost-competitive. The customer can also implement it in stages
rather than needing a considerable initial investment - an important factor for St
said Mike Parton Coventry-based managing director of
TETRA (TERRestrial Trunked Radio) is a new type of wireless
communication system. Its handsets and in-vehicle terminals are ideal for any group of
users needing high-performance wireless communications, including the emergency services,
construction companies, public utilities and public services (such as customs or
environment protection), transport, utilities, industry (manufacturing, mining, oil) and
A European standard that is rapidly becoming a global
phenomenon, TETRA heralds a new era in wireless communications. Its combination of
performance, features and facilities cannot be matched by any other mobile communications
standard, including faster data speeds than any mobile technology currently available.
"TETRA is the most appropriate technology not only for
our current needs, but for new applications that will emerge as we expand our services.
Marconi's design ensures the initial installation will be scaled to be able to support
double the actual number of trains"
said Vladimir Garjugin, Director General, Petersburg
This success comes less than a week after the company
announced a £29 million order to modernise the AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control
System) aircraft operated by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). The order, from
The Boeing Company, Seattle, is to develop a new on-board system for the AWACS aircraft to
enable it to interrogate targets and identify friends and foes.
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.
Today, most public safety organisations, such as ambulance
services, run their own (analogue) systems known as PMR (Private Mobile Radio); many other
users rely on systems from network operators. TETRA can replace both types of network,
supporting private and public users.
TETRA combines the features of digital cellular, mobile
radio, wireless data and paging. It offers national coverage, high voice quality, fast
call set-up and support for private workgroups of users. It delivers secure, high-quality
communications whatever the signal conditions and in noisy environments, with easy-to-use,
two-way conversation - including full interconnection with the fixed telephone network.
Internet access and even image transmission have been demonstrated successfully.
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