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Newport Networks selected by Newtel Solutions for VoIP Session Control.

CHEPSTOW, England -- Newport Networks (LSE:NNG), the developer of carrier-class 1460 Session Border Controllers, has been selected by Newtel Solutions to deliver access and interconnect session control for its next generation network. The Newport 1460 is part of a larger order for NGN equipment placed by Newtel Solutions with Newport's partner Marconi Corporation.

Newtel is the largest independent Internet Service Provider and telecoms company in the Channel Islands offering a broad range of residential and business services. As part of its continuous service innovation program Newtel decided to upgrade its network to a next generation solution including session border control from Newport Networks.

The 1460 is the industry's most future proof session control solution offering unmatched scalability, performance and investment protection. The Newport 1460 can be deployed in an extremely flexible manner separating both signalling and media alongside a simple migration path to important future standards such as IMS (IP Multi-Media Subsystem).

"The new network needs to be highly resilient and flexible to meet the expectations of our demanding business and residential customers. Alongside this we also needed to provide ourselves with the best investment protection" commented Andrew Elston, Operations Manager, Newtel Solutions. "With its scale and capacity, Newport Networks' 1460 SBC represents the most future proof solution for our session control requirements" he added.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with Newtel Solutions" said John Everard, Chief Executive Officer at Newport Networks. "The 1460 session controller will be deployed to enable Newtel to offer a range of innovative multi-media services and interconnect with other operators via IP."

Dave Holder, Account Director, Marconi Corporation commented, "This news demonstrates the value of our partnership with Newport Networks. This deal was the subject of a robust examination of our combined technical and commercial capabilities. It endorses our seamless proposition for the delivery of next generation services."

About Newport Networks.

Newport Networks Group PLC, listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in May 2004, has designed and developed the 1460 Session Border Controller to solve existing commercial and technical problems in the provision of Voice over IP (VoIP) and Multimedia over IP (MoIP) services. The 1460 Session Border Controller addresses the key service delivery issues of quality and security, enabling service providers to create new revenue streams from VoIP and MoIP while controlling the cost of delivery. Based in the UK and North America, Newport Networks has an experienced team headed by Chairman Terry Matthews and CEO John Everard. The team has a proven track record of identifying new service provider network technologies, developing products and managing the growth of international businesses. Further information at www.newport-networks.com

About Newtel Solutions.

Newtel Solutions is an alternative telecommunications carrier in the Channel Islands.

Newtel has been in operation since 1988 and was awarded Public Telecommunications Operators licences in Guernsey in November 2002 and in Jersey in January 2003. Newtel provides services between the Channel Islands, the United Kingdom and beyond via telecommunications capacity contained within the Channel Islands Electricity Grid. Newtel offer a broad range of services including inter-island and off island SDH routed and Ethernet private circuits, data centre and co-location services, voice, cable television, managed leased line Internet access, independent networks as well as broadband Internet access for the residential and small business market.

Newtel Solutions provide services on Island via its owned and operated fixed and wireless networks as well as facilities leased from the incumbent providers.

Additional information about Newtel can be found at www.newtelsolutions.com.

About 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, 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 and on NASDAQ under the ticker MRCIY.
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