Marconi Optimizes Orascom

Orascom Telecom to use Marconi's wireless network planning tool to support network expansion

August 1, 2005

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DALLAS -- Marconi Corporation plc (NASDAQ:MRCIY) (LONDON: MONI) is to supply a complete radio network planning solution to the GSM subsidiaries of Orascom Telecom to support the mobile operator's plans to further enhance and extend its networks globally.

Under a multiple year frame contract announced today, Marconi will provide the GSM subsidiaries of Orascom Telecom Holding, the largest regional Telecommunications operator in the Middle East and North Africa, with a full end-to-end solution, including Planet(R) EV software, wireless consultancy services, training and maintenance support.

The Marconi solution will support the GSM subsidiaries of Orascom Telecom to deploy multi-technology networks such as GSM, CDMA2000, and UMTS in a cost- effective and reliable way, providing consistent coverage and high-quality networks for its customers. Using Planet EV, Marconi's next-generation wireless network design and optimization platform, along with advanced microwave planning and propagation modeling modules, Orascom can accurately determine and deploy the required radio coverage and capacity, reduce equipment investment and operational expenses, and introduce new services.

Marconi's expert wireless consultancy services will support Orascom to rapidly deploy and optimize the network as well as realize the full potential of the Planet EV solution. Together, Marconi will assist Orascom in reaching their network and business objectives more quickly and efficiently.

"Marconi met all of our needs and hence became our preferred choice for the supply of design tools and consultancy services needed for our roll-out of Mobile & Fixed Wireless networks into new territories," said Tamer El Mahdi Orascom Telecom Holding Chief Technology Officer. "We have already worked with them in Algeria, which demonstrated that Marconi's complete and complementary portfolio matches our needs directly. Marconi can provide radio planning tools, consultancy services and ongoing support, all of which are necessary for rapid time-to-market that ensures a fast and maximum return on investment."

Marconi Corp. plc

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