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NTL Invests In Massive Roll-Out With Marconi

NTL, one of only five national telecommunications network operators in the UK, has awarded an multi-million pound contract for System X telephone network equipment to Marconi Communications of New Century Park in Coventry.

The network additions - due to be operational by March 1999 - include three new System X exchanges and are being installed in a dramatically shorter time-scale than usual. They will augment existing System X equipment installed by NTL over the past five years. They will provide not only a significant boost in capacity, but also the firm foundation needed for new

NTL initiatives set to generate additional revenue and reduce operational costs.

The equipment will be fully managed by Marconiís network management systems from NTL's Network Management Centre in Winchester, with NTL personnel receiving training from Marconi as required, backed by a comprehensive support service.

Referring to the advanced services that a modern infrastructure can now support, J. Barclay Knapp, NTL President & CEO, said:

"Our national network will be the key driver for all of our growth from now on and our continuing relationship with Marconi Communications is a vital part of that plan."

Kevin Hourigan, Coventry-based Marconi Communications director, UK business, said:

"NTL is not just a cable company, a telecommunications company or a TV transmission company. It has a unique mix of businesses, making it a premier communications company for the new era of advanced services. This contract is further evidence of NTL's confidence in Marconi and we are pleased to respond to a remarkable opportunity, made possible through our proven and scalable System X portfolio and experience in delivering to tight deadlines."

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.


NTL Incorporated is a leading alternative telecommunications company, owning and operating one of only five independent national telecommunications networks in the UK. It offers national business telecommunications, national and international carrier telecommunications services, plus satellite and radio communications services.

Through its local telecommunications division, NTL offers residential telephony, residential cable TV and Internet services over advanced broadband fibre networks in six franchise areas in the UK. Its broadcast services division operates a national broadcast transmission network of over 1,200 owned and shared transmission sites and offers digital and analogue broadcast transmission services to major TV and radio stations nationwide.

In a recent surge of expansion, NTL acquired the UK cable TV companies ComTel, Diamond Cable, Cambridge Cable and ComCast Teesside.

MORE INFORMATION: Marconi Communications Press Office 0115 9433687

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