Marconi wins German rail communications modernisation contract

30 January 2003 -- Marconi has been awarded a multimillion euro contract to modernise the communications network at Lübeck, Germany for Deutsche Bahn AG, the German national railway company.

30 January 2003 -- Marconi has been awarded a multimillion euro contract to modernise the communications network at Lübeck, Germany for Deutsche Bahn AG, the German national railway company.

ESTW (elektronische Stellwerke) is a rail communication system at the forefront of Deutsche Bahn's programme of upgrading the telecommunications infrastructure of all railway stations phased over several years to ensure that it better meets modern communications standards.

The Lubeck project is the biggest telecoms related ESTW project awarded in 2002. As the general contractor on the project, Marconi will be responsible for the supply, build, installation and commissioning of its own multiplex technology, as well as third party systems and project management.

The contract includes telecommunications equipment, power supply, monitoring and messaging equipment, cabling, radio equipment and public address systems.

The contract also includes the completion of all necessary civil engineering services, including cabling, and the building of masts and outdoor housing for cable and radio systems.

The new network is due to go live by October 2003 with the overall project scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2004. "Marconi's experience and strength in technology, project management and services have led us to receiving this strategically important and high profile contract," says Hans-Gerd Zielinski, Marconi's director of integrated systems for Central Europe.

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