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GPT Win 6m BT Contract

BT has awarded a contract to GPT Card Technology, a division of Marconi Communications, for six million pre-paid account cards to be produced over a period of 30 months.

The new BT Globalcard will be sold primarily from the UK to international leisure travellers (British going abroad and foreign visitors to the UK).

To cope with production volumes, GPT has installed new machinery in its secure manufacturing site in Coventry - an investment that will augment GPT Card Technology's overall capabilities.

"Our commitment to quality and the unique availability of the Premier Service helped win this contract against strong competition. We are proud to enhance our relationship with BT through this contract,"

said Ian Wilson managing director of GPT Payphone Systems.

Available in 10 and 20 denominations, the BT Globalcard differs from existing cards as its value is not within the card itself, but in the account to which it is automatically linked via a unique access number.

The card is accompanied by a user guide giving the customer full access details. Callers dial the given access number, input the account number on the card followed by the number they wish to call. On connection, the call charge is deducted immediately from their account so differing from a BT Chargecard in which the call charge is added to the customer's overall telephone bill.

GPT Card Technology is a division of GPT Payphone Systems, a world leader in the supply of Intelligent Payphones and associated management systems.

Both are part of Marconi Communications, a world leader in smart broadband transmission and network integration.


Promotional cards are produced by GPT's unique Premier Service to mark a specific occasion, such as a customer event. They are low-denominationphonecards, but manufactured to order in low volumes, often at very shortnotice. GPT Card Technology guarantees seven-day turnaround, but hasproduced cards from idea to product in five.

GPT Card Technology is the UK's largest smart card manufacturer. In only three years it has grown to become an established leader in the supply ofpre-paid cards of all types, currently exporting to over 50 countries worldwide, with annual sales of over 140 million cards.

MORE INFORMATION: Marconi Communications Press Office 0115 9433687

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