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Singapore Successes For Marconi

Contracts topping 13m, which will help prepare Singapore for the communications "datawave", are announced today by Marconi Communications, along with plans to create a Singapore-based regional centre for sales and support operations.

Marconi is to supply its world-leading SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) transmission equipment to help Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) expand its network. It has also delivered a total network for SingTel's international division which includes a link to the SEA-ME-WE3 undersea fibre optic cable currently under construction - the longest, most complex fibre-optic system of its type in the world. This cable, which stretches from Europe and the Middle East to Singapore, will eventually extend for 30,000 kilometres and will be able to carry 500,000 simultaneous telephone calls.

"This project gave us the opportunity to once again prove our strengths in SDH development and deployment," said Kevan Perrins, Marconi's Regional Director for Singapore and South East Asia.

Marconi also announced that it has successfully installed network management systems for both national and international network centres in Singapore.  In both cases installation and commissioning was carried out by Marconi engineers.

The announcements came earlier today at the opening of the CommunicAsia trade exhibition in Singapore. Marconi took the opportunity to unveil Marconi Communications Singapore Private Limited, a new regional base for installation, sales and support activity throughout the ASEAN group of countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).

Welcoming this further commitment to the region, which follows similar expansion recently by Marconi in Australia, South Africa and the United States, Mr Perrins said it was a major step forward for the company.

"We are now able to provide more focused customer service and support from within the region and anticipate our new presence in Singapore will provide a springboard for all or our activities in this part of the world. It is also an opportunity to further nurture local expertise, notably for supply logistics and installation work and customer support".

Marconi Communications has also supplied its TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) for the Singapore Land Transport Authority's (LTA) North East MRT Railway Project, providing state-of-the-art voice and data communication between the operational control centre, trains, passengers and station personnel. This equipment is to be supplied through a contract with NEC Systems Integration & Construction Limited (NESIC).

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, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region and is wholly owned by GEC, a global manufacturer of intelligent electronic systems.


The "data wave" is the term given to the dramatic rise in demand placed on telecommunications networks by new services, particularly the explosive growth of the Internet.

The new equipment for the SingTel network comprises ADM-1, ADM-4, ADM-16 multiplexers and their STM equivalents. The turnkey project involved the installation of a network of STM-16 (2.5Gbit/s) rings.

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