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January 21, 2003
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Marconi (MONI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has become the first customer for Marconi's new 10 Gbps (OC-192c/STM-64) Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)portcard, a high-speed interface for Marconi's flagship multiservice switch-router, the BXR(tm)-48000. This sale also marks the general availability of Marconi's new interface. Marconi's 10 Gbps ATM interface enables network operators to move information at the highest feasiblespeedswhile secured by the most rigorous encryption technologies. Further, the10Gbps ATM interface provides commercial operators with compelling newoptionsfor managing growth in legacy Frame Relay and ATM services as well as for emerging high-bandwidth applications such as high-definition video, distributed computing and storage networking.Marconi is the first vendor to announce a sale of 10 Gbps ATM interfaces. The U.S. Naval Research Lab validated the interface in 2002andthe first sale of the interface came in December to the Department of Defense. Also the first customer for Marconi's industry-leading 480 Gbps BXR-48000 switch-router, the Department of Defense will use the 10 GbpsATMinterface for classified applications in multiservice, broadband network expansion projects."Marconi's sale of its10 Gbps ATM interface is encouraging news for a telecommunications industry that needs examples of concrete advancementtohelp reinvigorate the market," said Roz Roseboro, Program Director forRHK'sSwitching & Routing program. "The U.S. government frequently verifies the applicability of new technologies for mission-critical communications networks. The decision of the Department of Defense to use Marconi's 10GbpsATM interfaces should help instill confidence in network operators who are looking for cost-effective ways to expand the proven revenue-generating capabilities of their ATM networks."Marconi plc
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