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Marconi Highlights ASON

Marconi provides control plane technology for OIF interoperability demonstration of Automatic Switched Optical Networks (ASON)

June 6, 2005

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LONDON -- Marconi Corporation plc (London: MONI and NASDAQ: MRCIY) today announced it is participating in the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) interoperability demonstration at SuperComm 2005. The demonstration will highlight a major step forward in the use of control plane technology for Automatic Switched Optical Networks (ASON).

The control plane is a seen as a critical technology for reducing operational expenditure within the telecommunications industry. Without control plane technology, carriers endure significant manual intervention, long lead times and high operational costs to deliver new or modified services.

ASON enables operators to make considerable savings in capex and opex by improving bandwidth use in the core network. This capability enables service providers to reduce the amount of extra network capacity needed in reserve to guarantee contracted levels of service delivery to their customers in the event of faults or other disruptions. ASON significantly removes operating costs by supporting auto-discovery of paths and automatic provisioning of new customer services across networks, eliminating manual intervention.

Thirteen equipment vendors will demonstrate the use of client signalling to dynamically set up Ethernet services across a virtual optical transport network spanning seven carrier laboratory locations across the globe. In conjunction with three European incumbent operators, Marconi will contribute to the European stage of the interoperability demonstration. Marconi has been chosen due to its proven technology, which will be deployed at the international gateway. The control plane will operate without interruption and will provide high availability throughout the trial.

As the demand for Ethernet services grows, operators are insisting that different vendors’ equipment is interoperable to ensure they have true flexibility as their network evolves. OIF members understand these challenges, and are co-operating to accelerate the deployment of advanced, interoperable, and cost effective optical network architecture solutions.

"Marconi's involvement in the dynamic set up of Ethernet services over Global networks is further evidence to our customers that we are committed to giving them true flexibility in their networks,” said Andy Evans, chief technology and information officer for Marconi. "The results of this second interoperability trial will further boost operators confidence in Marconi’s technology.”

Marconi Corp. plc

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