Marconi makes it two with BT software deal

Marconi makes it two with BT software dealNews team
Marconi has signed its second contract in two days with the securing of a £30m network development contract with BT Wholesale.
The three year agreement with BT follows an earlier £50m optical transmission system contract with Italian mobile operator Omnitel Vodafone.
Marconi is to develop and supply new management software which enable BT to utilise its existing narrowband network and extending the operational life of legacy systems.
“The volume of narrowband traffic across our network is still growing and we needed to ensure that our existing network infrastructure continues to manage this traffic in the most efficient way possible,” said Peter Leach, acting managing director of BT Wholesale Network Transport.
The development work, which will take place at Marconi’s Coventry and Liverpool sites, is scheduled to begin immediately, with the first transition software builds due to be transferred onto the BT network during 2003.
The deals come at an important time for the troubled telecoms manufacturer. Earlier this week it announced that it was to supply Italian operator Omnitel Vodafone with an optical transmission network incorporating dense wavelength division multiplex (DWDM) technology.

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