Energis deploys Marconi's OMS1664 optical multiservice platform in its UK core transmission network for IP-based services

June 30, 2004

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LONDON -- Marconi Corporation plc (London: MONI and NASDAQ: MRCIY) has announced that its OMS1664 optical multiservice platform is being deployed by Energis as the operator prepares its UK core transmission network for next-generation IP-based services. Energis signed a contract with Marconi in March to build a next-generation transmission network that will reduce its operating costs while adding the flexibility to offer new data services.

The new Energis national core network will be built on existing PMA32 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing platforms from Marconi and the new OMS1664.

"Marconi's OMS1664 equipment will add further multiservice functionality to our core network, further improving the range and quality of the data services that we can offer to our customers," said Alan Robinson, Transmission and Environmentals Lead, Energis. "Over the next three years, this optical partnership with Marconi will transform our core network, replacing its existing transmission technology with a flatter, simpler infrastructure, built from fewer elements, resulting in an overall lower cost of ownership. This will ensure that Energis' customers continue to receive the highest quality of service."

The Marconi OMS1664 platform is designed for flexible deployment in a range of applications. It is a high-density, full-connectivity service delivery platform as well as a compact, high-capacity traffic aggregation and switching device. It will allow Energis to support increasing levels of data traffic seamlessly alongside existing voice and other services while substantially reducing network costs.

The OMS1664 integrates with Marconi's optical core and metro WDM solutions and offers new ITU-approved data enabling capabilities - fully standardised Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) and Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) solutions. These technologies allow carriers, such as Energis, to offer variable bandwidth services to customers, making their network more flexible and cost effective.

"Energis sees in Marconi a company that is committed to the UK market and a optical partner that has the technology and people capable of migrating its core network onto a next-generation footing," said Rod Smith, Marconi's executive vice president, Northern Europe. "Marconi has a strong track record in producing leading solutions that are well matched to operator's next generation network requirements. We maintain this track record by working closely with operators such as Energis understanding their networks and their customers needs. Our optical partnership with Energis further continues this mutually rewarding process."

Marconi Corp. plc

Energis plc

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