Marconi to build 3G transmission network for O2 in Germany

14 October 2002 -- German mobile network operator O2 has contracted Marconi to build a transmission network to support the launch of 3G mobile services.

14 October 2002 -- German mobile network operator O2 has contracted Marconi to build a transmission network to support the launch of 3G mobile services due in Germany next year.

Under the major four-year frame contract, Marconi will supply its Digital Radio System (MDRS), a point-to-point microwave radio technology, to enable the transport of large amounts of third generation traffic from NodeB base stations to 02's fixed network.

The contract also includes Marconi's Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) short-haul systems and antennae systems, as well as network management, installation, commissioning and training. The contract also covers long-haul SDH systems and SDH cross-connect equipment, as well as PDH equipment.

"We have been looking for a SDH microwave radio solution to be prepared for the ever increasing traffic of new mobile data services within the transmission part of our network," said Karl-Wilhelm Rohrsen, chief technology officer of 02. "Marconi has the right technology to meet our roll-out requirements."

Mike Parton, Marconi chief executive, said, "Germany is at the forefront in the roll-out of 3G mobile services. The strength of our technology and our long term customer relationship played a crucial role in winning this contract."

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