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James P. Brennan

518-283-3584 ext. 25

Avant Garde Musical Makes Internet2 History

February 20, 2001 marked another milestone in the use of advanced networking
when artists at New York University in Manhattan and Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, New York performed on the same stage. The 60 minute
presentation of "The Technophobe and The Madman" took advantage of OC-3
local loops and NYSERNet's OC-12 network to span the 160 mile distance
between Troy and Manhattan.

The event seamlessly linked actors and musicians at both universities into
single musical presentation while audiences at both sites were able to see
and hear the performance as a single show. The project was developed to
demonstrate the possibilities of performance on Internet2 networks.
Preparation for the event required the collaborative efforts of technical
staff at both campuses along with assistance from NYSERNet to ensure this
successful debut. The artists and directors also worked over a period of
six months staging numerous rehearsals where the artists were in two places
at once allowing the producers and collaborators to explore new and
meaningful ways in which to uniquely use this new medium.

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Subject: ViDe (Video Development Initiative) Announces new members Markus
Buchhorn and Egon Verharen
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February 27, 2001

The Video Development Initiative (ViDe) is very pleased to announce new
members Markus Buchhorn, of the Australian National University and Egon
Verharen of SURFnet. ViDe
is an international, multi-institutional collaboration begun in 1998 to
promote the deployment of digital video in higher education.

- About ViDe

The Video Development Initiative (ViDe) promotes the deployment of digital
video in higher education by leveraging collective resources and expertise
to solve challenges to deployment such as poor interoperability, volatile
standards and high cost. ViDe members represent The Georgia Institute of
Technology, Southeastern Universities Research Association, The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, The
University of Tennessee, University of Alabama at Birmingham, CANARIE, Ohio
State University, The University of Hawaii, Indiana University, The
University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

ViDe projects include: ViDeNet, the global, virtual network providing video
and voice-over-IP to advanced networking communities; the Video Conferencing
Cookbook; and Data Collaboration, Video Streaming, and Video Asset
Management working groups.

Markus is a researcher and lecturer at the ANU in Computer Networks, and
Faculty IT Manager. He is also responsible for the management of the
Australia-Japan link, Australia's connection into APAN ( and
the rest of the global HPREN community. His interests include advanced
networking technologies, application and user support, and technologies for
video storage, delivery and conferencing across IP networks. He also acts as
occasional advisor to AARNet (, the Australian
Academic and Research Network, and APAC (, the
Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing in his areas of expertise.

Egon holds the position of innovation manager where he is responsible for
SURFnet's digital video innovation projects. He is a member of the Internet2
Digital Video initiative steering committee and the chair of the TERENA
(European Education and research network's) taskforce on videostreaming and
conferencing TF-STREAM. Formerly an assistant professor on Information
technology at Tilburg University, where he received his PhD on research on
intelligent agents, Egon joined SURFnet in 1997 where he has been working on
the development of advanced internet applications and services.

- About the Australian National University

The ANU is based in Canberra, and is a pre-eminent research University
within Australia, within the Asia-Pacific region, and is also recognized as
one of the major research Universities in the world, alongside Oxford,
Cambridge, Harvard and others.

- About AARNet

AARNet provides commodity and research Internet access to all Australian
Universities as well as many Government research organisations such as the
CSIRO, Aust. Inst. Marine Science (AIMS) and the Aust. Nuclear Science and
Technology Organisation (ANSTO). It has recently become a company (AARNet
Pty Ltd) and taken out a carrier licence to provide services to its members.
It has developed and deployed one of the worlds largest production VoIP
networks, linking the phone networks of all of its members across its IP
backbone, and will be switching over 100,000 H.323 voice calls per day
before the end of 2001. AARNet has also purchased capacity on the Southern
Cross Cable Network to provide enhanced connectivity between the Australian,
Hawaiian, Japanese and APAN, and North American HPRENs, and through North
America and Internet2 to Europe. Initial capacity will be around 300Mb/s
starting 1 May 2001.

- About SURFnet

SURFnet is the national computer network for education and research in the
Netherlands. SURFnet connects the networks of universities, colleges,
research centers, academic hospitals and scientific libraries to each other
and to other networks in Europe and the rest of the world. SURFnet ensures
quick and reliable connections to educational institutes and research
centers abroad using high quality infrastructure and advanced techniques.
SURFnet continuously carries out innovative projects aimed at examining the
expansion and improvement of the SURFnet network and its services. SURFnet
currently participates in the national project GigaPort which encompasses
the development of one of the world's most advanced communication networks.
GigaPort-Network can match the best research networks in the world and
offers companies and institutions a state-of-the-art test environment for
new (network) services. More information about SURFnet: More information about GigaPort:

Jill Gemmill
ViDe Chair

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Marconi Donates Multiservice Network Backbone
to Enhance School's Research, Outreach Efforts

Pittsburgh, PA - February 22, 2001 - Marconi (NASDAQ and LONDON: MONI), a
global provider of advanced communications solutions, announced that it will
donate $1 million in broadband switching and routing equipment, services and
research funding to support Texas A&M University's virtual networking lab.
The new lab will give university professors and students a more powerful
tool for teaching and research, providing unprecedented network performance
and enabling the implementation of more sophisticated applications. It also
will be used to enhance Texas A&M's outreach programs to elementary and
secondary schools throughout Texas and enable the university to launch more
continuing-education programs with companies across the South.

"We are very well-acquainted with the high levels of performance and
reliability that Marconi solutions deliver," said Richard Ewing, vice
president for research with Texas A&M. "We already rely on Marconi
equipment for our existing research network backbone, providing ATM
(asynchronous transfer mode) to the desktop in several departments. Our east
and west campuses are interconnected via Marconi's ASX(tm)-4000 multiservice
switch at OC-48 speeds. Marconi's donation of equipment and research
funding will enable us to launch the virtual networking lab, facilitating
more efficient and varied research and creating new educational
opportunities for Texans."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the virtual networking lab is scheduled for 2
p.m. CST Feb. 23, 2001, on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas.

Fall 2000 enrollment at Texas A&M was a record 44,026, making it the United
States' fourth-largest university. It consistently ranks among the top
universities nationally in value of research. In fiscal year 1999, $402.2
million was invested in Texas A&M research, including cutting-edge science
and technology projects with proven commercial and educational potential.

"Not only has Texas A&M been one of the country's booming universities for
several years, its growth potential is almost unmatched because of its
commitment to creative outreach and its proximity to three of the 10 largest
cities in the United States (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio)," said Joe
Pajer, Marconi's executive vice president and general manager, Routing and
Switching Products. "Because this is the ideal university to host such a
unique educational resource, we are happy to contribute to the virtual
networking lab's development. We look forward to our ongoing work with Texas
A&M to continually improve the lab through support for more users and more

For the virtual networking lab, Marconi will donate its ASX(tm)-1200
multiservice backbone switch as the core device in a complete networking
solution that also includes edge and workgroup switches, multi-layer local
area network (LAN) switches and wide area network (WAN) devices. The
ASX-1200, scaling to non-blocking speeds of 10 Gbps, is an advanced,
multiservice networking solution with carrier-class redundancy, capacity and
advanced traffic management features.

About Marconi plc
Marconi plc is a global communications and IT company with around 49,000
employees worldwide and sales in over 100 countries. It supplies advanced
communications solutions and the key technologies and services for the
Internet. Marconi plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ
under the symbol MONI. The headquarters of Marconi Communications is in
Pittsburgh, PA. Additional information about Marconi can be found at

# # #

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to
products, partners, customers, future growth and other matters. Please
refer to the Form 20-F report and Form 6-K reports filed by Marconi 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.

Copyright © 2000 Marconi plc. All rights reserved. All brands or product
names are trademarks of their respective holders.

Erin Sammartino
Media Relations
Marconi Communications

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FEBRUARY 28, 2001 -- A 3D VRML visualization of the precise location of the
6.8 Seattle/Tacoma earthquake that occurred this morning can be found on
the web <>. The orange
ball indicates the earthquake's hypocenter; the yellow dots are hypocenters
of previous earthquakes from 1988-1995 with a magnitude greater than 4. The
tick marks on the map's depth axis represent 10 km distances down into the
earth; the depth axis has been exaggerated three times normal so the data
can be more easily read.

Graphics simulations of earthquake phenomena are being collaboratively
developed by Paul Morin of the Geology and Geophysics department at the
University of Minnesota and Media Union/University of Michigan, Peter van
Keken of the Geology department at University of Michigan, and Jason Leigh
of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at
Chicago <>. This collaboration is supported through
the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation grid (NEESgrid)
integration project being organized by the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign <> and funded by the NEES program
at the National Science Foundation <>.

More information on the earthquake can be found on the IRIS Consortium
website <>.

Laura Wolf
Electronic Visualization Laboratory
(312) 996-3002

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The Spring 2001 Internet2 Member Meeting will be held March 7-9, 2001 at
the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington, D.C.The program committee
and Internet2 staff are working on both content and logistics to ensure a
successful experience for the Internet2 member community.The goal is to
have a working meeting, where members can discuss the future of high
performance networking and formulate activities for the months ahead.

The Spring Member Meeting has a focus on policy and strategic planning, to
complement the more technical and applications focus of the Fall
meeting. Breakout sessions are organized into four tracks:

Advanced Applications
Network Planning and Engineering
Relationships and Partnerships

The University of Oregon with the support of Cisco Systems will netcast
the Internet2 members meeting in Washington D.C.The sessions will be
encoded with H.261 and MPEG-1 codecs.

Session announcements are currently live for testing -

1.H.261 Broadcast. The H.261 stream will be visible to users with the
standard multicast tools from the UCL Mbone Conferencing applications
archive, and most other free and commercial tools that can can handle
H.261/PCM. For information about setting up MBone tools for
Windows95/NT, Macintosh, and Unix, see:

2.MPEG-1 Broadcast. The MPEG-1 stream will be generated using IP/TV, a
streaming video server from Cisco. The IP/TV MPEG-1 stream will be
visible either with IP/TV, MacTV, or MIM.

Windows users can download IP/TV 3.1 from:

Macintosh users can download MacTV from:

UNIX users can download MIM from:

audio -
video -

audio -
video -

Note: news about up-coming events can be found at:

This site includes forms for creating event announcements,
a calendar & the multicast-events list archives.

Lucy E. Lynch Academic User Services
Computing Center University of Oregon

(541) 346-1774

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