|[18 JAN 99] MARCONI
COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Surf's Up For Marconi Coventry In £4M Project
Marconi Communications has won a £4 million contract to install digital exchange
and SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) transmission equipment which will help
ScottishTelecom to reap the benefit of its recent acquisition of Demon Internet, one of
the UK's leading Internet Service Providers.
Working within an extremely challenging timescale, Marconi
Communications - a European leader in broadband transmission and networks integration - is
currently in the final stages of completing the installation of two System X telephone
exchanges and locally-built transmission equipment which will allow ScottishPower's
subsidiary to route an increasing volume of internet traffic through its network.
Rod Smith, Coventry-based regional managing director of
Marconi Communications, said:
"This is further evidence of the growing synergies
between telecom network operators and Internet Service Providers. By combining network
ownership with an internet subscriber base, operators are able not only to gain revenues
from subscriptions and call charges but have the option to provide their internet
subscribers and World Wide Web "surfers" with value-added opportunities such as
selective freephone or premium rate access."
Rod Matthews, chief executive of ScottishTelecom and
chairman of Demon Internet, confirmed:
"We will be seeking to route a significant proportion
of Demon Internet traffic across the ScottishTelecom fibre-optic network, thus increasing
revenues for the company as a whole.
"The provision of on-line and telecoms-based
information has become an increasingly important element of our business. The UK internet
access market, both for business and residential subscribers, is consolidating in favour
of larger suppliers with a significant subscriber base which have access to capital and
additional value-added service."
The new digital exchanges are being installed at Demon
Internet's headquarters in London Docklands, where they will provide high quality, high
availability internet access when the project is completed. Marconi Communications SDH
(synchronous digital hierarchy) transmission equipment made at New Horizon Park in
Coventry is already installed in a major part of the ScottishTelecom network, which is
being extended to cover the whole of the Highlands and Islands Region in Scotland, as well
as the Manweb electricity region in North West England.
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.
MORE INFORMATION: Marconi Communications Press Office 0115 9433687