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Marconi Links Europe And Asia With SDH Highway

The Russian city of Ekaterinburg, the traditional gateway between Europe and Asia, has ordered an SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) transmission and management system from Marconi Communications in a deal worth $1 million.

Marconi Communications won the contract with the Ekaterinburg PTT, Ekaterinburg GTS, against stiff foreign competition. The company will deliver a range of Series 3 SDH equipment, including SMA-16 multiplexers and the EM-OS management system. The SMA-16's enhanced cross-connect facility and ability to terminate multiple interfaces has allowed Ekaterinburg GTS to use a single multiplexer at all nodes, whereas other solutions would have needed two or three at each of the initial installation's 16 nodes.

Lying just to the east of the Ural Mountains, Ekaterinburg is Russia's fourth largest city and has been a major industrial and transport hub since it was founded by Peter the Great in the eighteenth century and named after his wife. Soon after the Second World War, under its Communist-era name of Sverdlovsk, it became a closed city to foreigners because of its central role in defence technology.

Marconi Communications' regional sales director Andrew Povey said:

"Our Russian office is expanding rapidly and this deal marks the beginning of another new relationship."

The equipment is a key part of Ekaterinburg GTS's plan to deliver high quality digital voice and data communications to the city of 1.5 million people and to foster commercial development. Once complete, the installation will be supported by Marconi Communications' Moscow office.

Welcoming the imminent arrival of SDH, Ekaterinburg GTS general director Anatol Zmitrovich said:

"Ekaterinburg owed its past prosperity to the arrival of the Great Siberian Highway in the late eighteenth century and the Trans-Siberian Railway in the late nineteenth. As we enter the twenty-first century, we are determined that Ekaterinburg will be linked to the world with the most advanced digital highway. Ekaterinburg is open for business."

Marconi Communications has delivered over 40,000 SDH systems to more than 80 customers in more than 60 countries. Its customer list for SDH includes international telecoms operators, major corporates, and national rail systems.

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.

Marconi Communications Press Office   0115 906 4687


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