Marconi will open its first Next-Generation Multiservice Networks Centre in Shanghai to trial new services

October 27, 2004

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BEIJING -- Marconi Corporation plc (London: MONI and NASDAQ: MRCIY) has chosen Shanghai as the location for the company’s first Next-Generation Multiservice Networks Centre in Asia to meet the growing need among customers for trials and integration of next generation voice, video and data services.

Details of the centre were unveiled today at PT EXPO COMM, where Marconi is exhibiting its full range of equipment to support such network migrations. The Next-Generation Multiservice Networks Centre will be the company’s first in Asia and will complement the company’s two other established facilities in Sydney, Australia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

“The new Next-Generation Multiservice Networks Centre in Shanghai will provide opportunities for implementation and trials that are essential in helping local customers explore the potential for next-generation switching and multiservice access networks. It will help Marconi's customers fully understand how these technologies can enable them to deploy a compelling offering of various triple-play services to their customer base, while actively contributing to reducing both churn and operating costs,” said Devid Gubiani, vice president and chief technology officer at Marconi Communications Asia Pacific.

“This is an important demonstration of Marconi’s commitment to the mainland market and underlines that we will continue to build on our history of doing business in China,” added Jim Burton, chief representative of Marconi China and host of this Centre.

The Next-Generation Multiservice Networks Centre will initially focus on building, adapting and integrating solutions that assist operators in transitioning current PSTN and access networks into next-generation networks, securing the migration to Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and higher bandwidth, higher value services. The work will particularly benefit those service providers who are considering capping investments in Legacy Class 5 technology for more future-proof next-generation softswitching architectures as well as broadband service providers seeking to upgrade Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks to Very High Bit Rate DSL (VDSL) or even Fibre to the Home (FTTH) to meet increasing demand from governments, businesses and consumers alike.

Marconi Corp. plc

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