ShanDong ZiBo Telecom, part of China Telecom, in the municipality of Zibo, a major industrial center in ShanDong province in eastern China, is slated to install 10 Gbit/s optical technology from Marconi to increase the capacity of its networks. The contract is Marconi's first in China at this capacity.
ShanDong ZiBo Telecom awarded the contract after a highly competitive tender, choosing Marconi ahead of the other global players in the provision of core transmission systems. Marconi, a supplier of SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) transmission systems—the technology that lies at the heart of ShanDong ZiBo Telecom's network—will supply its switching equipment during the first few months of 2001.
The new project maintains an existing link between Marconi and ShanDong Zibo Telecom, Marconi having designed and installed 2.5 Gbit/s SDH equipment several years ago. The new infrastructure will increase the capacity of the fibre ring around Zibo, enabling rapid expansion of its 1.4 million telephony subscriber base among the city's four million population.
The contract covers the supply of 10 Gbit/s MSH64 SDH switching products and comprehensive system management to upgrade the network. Marconi will also train engineers from ShanDong ZiBo Telecom and support the installed equipment through a service contract.
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