ABB wins utility telecommunications order in the UK

2009-09-07 - Communication system to enhance power network control, efficiency and reliability

Zurich, Switzerland, Sept 7, 2009 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from Cable & Wireless, one of the world's leading international communications companies, to supply a specialized utility telecommunication system as part of a customer contract.

As part of the project, ABB will deliver a range of utility communication solutions designed and developed for high performance in challenging high-voltage applications. The system supplied by ABB is an integral part of a project which involves a major upgrade of the core network infrastructure and operational systems that interconnect 410 high-voltage substations throughout the U.K.

“ABB’s state-of-the-art communication system will provide greater control and benefits such as improved efficiency and higher reliability,” said Jens Birgersson, head of ABB’s Network Management business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. ”It will also support the safe transmission of electricity in the country”.

The project scope includes engineering, supply, cubicle assembly, installation and commissioning of the system, including multiplexers or devices which combine several application signals into one optical output signal – all managed by a communication network management system.

ABB's Network Management portfolio includes a full range of communications solutions designed for the harsh environment in which utilities operate, fulfilling the most challenging demands with respect to safety, reliability and real-time response.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs around 120,000 people.

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