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Marconi Joins WiMAX Forum - Marconi

Marconi Joins WiMAX Forum™ to Support Global Broadband Wireless Access Standard

Achieving standardization will help drive interoperable last-mile solutions and more efficiently deliver services to customers

London — October 6, 2004 — Marconi Corporation plc (London: MONI and NASDAQ: MRCIY) has today announced it has joined the WiMAX Forum™ and will support the industry wide acceptance of the IEEE 802.16 wireless networking standard designed to provide last-mile broadband access.

The WiMAX Forum has been established to drive the deployment of 802.16-based networks and help ensure the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless access equipment through its testing and certification programs. The Forum defines a specification and interoperability criteria with the goal of achieving a globally recognized method of providing wireless network access. This standardized approach has considerable benefits for suppliers, service providers and consumers.

"It's exciting to see a company like Marconi bringing their wireless heritage and deep ETSI experience to the WiMAX Forum," said Ron Resnick, president of the Forum. "With companies like Marconi, the WiMAX Forum is able to represent all areas of the wireless industry in bringing standards-based broadband wireless access to the world."

These wireless metropolitan area network (MAN) profiles, supporting frequencies up to 11 GHz, can provide homes, businesses and wireless LAN hot spots with broadband access. WiMAX technology can be used to backhaul Wi-Fi hotspots and WLANs to the Internet; provide campus connectivity; and enable a wireless alternative to cable and DSL for last-mile broadband access.

"Marconi joining the WiMAX Forum continues our long history of supporting standardization initiatives in wireless technology," said Alex Marshall, vice president of product marketing, Marconi. "The WiMAX Forum's goal to produce interoperability profiles from the 802.16 standard will do much to promote the use of broadband wireless access. It will not only make the technology much more accessible for service providers and consumers, but also make the concept of a universally available broadband network realizable.

"WiMAX is a great opportunity for us to broaden our already extensive fixed wireless capability," Marshall continued. "It gives Marconi the ability to address needs stretching from consumer access, through Quality of Service enabled point-to-multipoint access networks, to high-speed trunk networks — all complete with carrier-class network management."

Future developments of WiMAX technology will allow nomadic access to wireless broadband in addition to the initial fixed wireless access described in the first profiles.

About WiMAX Forum
The WiMAX Forum™ is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum's goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified™ products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Portable and Mobile Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit

About Marconi Corporation plc
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 and on NASDAQ under the ticker MRCIY.

WiMAX Forum™ and WiMAX Forum Certified™ are registered trademarks of the WiMAX Forum™.

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to products, partners, customers, future growth and other matters. Please refer to the Form 10-K report filed by Marconi Corporation plc with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements.

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