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Singapore Tunes To Marconi Radio

Singapores prestigious Mass Railway Transit (MRT) system is to use Marconi Communications latest radio system on its new 20 kilometre North East Line, which is scheduled to eventually carry around 400,000 passengers daily.

The new radio system, known as TETRA, will provide the North East MRT Line with state-of-the-art voice and data communication between the operational control centre, trains, passengers and station personnel. The line, stretches for over 20km from the World Trade Centre to Punggol.

This is the latest success with TETRA (TERRestrial Trunked Radio) for Marconi. Mike Parton managing director of Marconi Communications, said:

"TETRA is recognised as the standard for a new generation of digital trunked radio products, aimed at PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) and PAMR (Public Access Mobile Radio) applications. While its ability to deliver transmissions securely is well recognised, our product range has many other characteristics that appeal to a wide range of sectors, including transportation and railways, police forces, oil exploration sites, industrial plant, rescue services and fire brigades.

"We are particularly proud to have developed this system at a time when many of our founders achievements, 100 years ago, are being remembered."

Marconi signed its contract with NEC Systems Integration & Construction Limited (NESIC), the preferred systems integrator of MITSUI & Co., Ltd for the Singapore Land Transport Authoritys (LTA) North East MRT Line Project.

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.


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 the military.

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.

Today, most public safety organisations, such as ambulance services, run their own (analogue) systems know as PMR (Private Mobile Radio); many other users rely on systems from network operators. TETRA can replace both types of network, supporting private an 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.

This Singapore announcement comes almost exactly 100 years since the companys founder, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, achieved the very first ship-to-shore wireless communications in an historic link-up between the South Foreland lighthouse in Kent and the East Goodwin lightship 12 miles away.

MORE INFORMATION: Marconi Communications Press Office 0115 9433687

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