Marconi Communications of Coventry, the telecommunications arm of GEC, has
strengthened its position in the Middle East and the United Kingdom with orders from the
GTO (General Telecommunications Organisation) in the Sultanate of Oman and from Cable and
A $19m optical fibre network linking the cities of Firq and Salalah means that Marconi
now supplies its Coventry-manufactured SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) to all the Gulf
States, while a major $32m upgrade to more than 30 System X exchanges run by Cable and
Wireless Communications will improve the UK operator's backbone network.
In Oman, Marconi will build and install the network as a turnkey project with its local
partner, the Abu Ham Group. There is also an option to extend the network throughout the
"The first phase of the network will give Oman the core infrastructure it needs to
create a sophisticated, high speed telecoms system serving business and private users in
the main centres of population,"
said Andrew Povey Coventry-based, Marconi Communications' regional business director.
"By choosing to adopt SDH technology, Oman will benefit from a highly efficient
and resilient system that can be built upon to meet their voice and data needs well into
the next century. Installing a national SDH network will give them access to international
and domestic services that are a match for anything in the world.
"We are particularly pleased and honoured to have won this contract in Oman, as we
are now supplying SDH technology to all of the Gulf States. This strengthens our number
one position in the region."
The Cable and Wireless Communications contract will see its System X exchanges upgraded
to the latest Vistra specification, giving a 40% performance increase. In addition to
upgrading and integrating its switching capabilities, Cable and Wireless Communications
has signed a two year contract for Marconi to support the whole of the System X and SDH
facilities supplied to it by Marconi.
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