Kingston Communications deploys Marconi Softwitch

30 June 2003 London and Hull, UK Lightwave Europe--Marconi Corporation has signed a frame contract with UK service provider Kingston Communications for the supply of its next-generation switching product, SoftSwitch.

Jun 30th, 2003

- to cut opex and "future-proof" network

30 June 2003 London and Hull, UK--Marconi Corporation has signed a frame contract with UK service provider Kingston Communications for the supply of its next-generation switching product, SoftSwitch.

The agreement allows for deployment following extensive trials of SoftSwitch by Kingston Communications, and will enhance the capacity of its existing network.

A successful pilot will allow the operator to migrate its voice and data services onto a single, packet-based network, reducing costs and opening up the possibility of new broadband services and commercial applications for its business and residential customers.

"Marconi next-generation SoftSwitch will supplement our existing infrastructure, helping to protect and grow our revenues," said Neil Gower, Managing Director, Kingston Infrastructure. Its next-generation switching technology means that we are future proofing the network while delivering cost-savings against legacy equipment".

Marconi says that SoftSwitch will make it easier for the operator to scale up services for both business and residential customers. It offers the potential for a managed centrex capability that will reduce operational expenditure for Kingston Communications' customers.

Moreover for teleworkers, the SoftSwitch enables broadband services for the home with options for multiple phones, voice, video and data services such as videoconferencing to enhance the experience of employees migrating to remote working.

Rod Smith, Marconi's EVP, Northern Europe, said, "We have worked closely together for many years, bringing the latest telecommunication technology to market. This strengthens the relationship between our two companies, giving Kingston Communications a true standards-based next-generation broadband network that will take it through its centennial celebrations next year and for many years to come."

Marconi Corporation
Marconi Corporation plc is a global telecommunications equipment, services and solutions company. The company's core business is the provision of innovative and reliable optical networks, broadband routing and switching and broadband access technologies and services. The company's customer base includes many of the world's largest telecommunications operators.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MONI. Additional information about Marconi can be found at www.marconi.com

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