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BMA Coal Depends on Robust HIGHBAND 25 for Vital Communications Link in Remote Mining Network

  • 15 June, 2004 13:54

<p>MINNEAPOLIS – June 15, 2004 – ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) today announced BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Australia’s largest coking coal producer, has chosen KRONE® HIGHBAND® 25 for a major network infrastructure upgrade.</p>
<p>“We were particularly impressed by the HIGHBAND® 25’s neat and manageable patching environment that also maintained the integrity and security of the network, eliminating any non-IT staff from completing simple adds, moves and changes without the IT Department’s approval,” said David Mumford, manager IT for BMA.</p>
<p>BMA’s mines are located in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin, which covers an area of approximately 75,000km². With the exception of the Crinum operation, the mines are open cut, an environment that can often prove extremely volatile for IT equipment. As such, it was also imperative the new cabling system chosen be a robust architecture.</p>
<p>Prior to the upgrade, BMA used a combination of Category 3 and Category 5 solutions at various sites, which no longer provided the performance and communications capabilities required by a remote mining network.</p>
<p>The vast area the project encompasses, the remoteness of the sites and the volatility of the environment present many challenges, requiring particular attention to variables such as mechanical protection, segregation, heat and dust. Selected locations also require the integration of the HIGHLAND 25 product with VoIP and radio networks for delivery of data and voice to extremely remote buildings.</p>
<p>The project is now well under way at BMA mine sites in Moranbah, Goonyella Riverside, Peak Downs, Saraji, Dysart, Norwich Park, Gregory, Crinum, Blackwater, Emerald, Hay Point, and Mackay as well as their Brisbane Head Office. Once complete, the installation will encompass some 4000 to 5000 outlets in approximately 70 BMA locations.</p>
<p>The newly installed systems will provide mining staff, administration staff and emergency personnel with vital network services and communications paramount to BMA’s operations. The entire installation, across each of the locations, is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete.</p>
<p>For more information about HIGHBAND 25, visit</p>
<p>About ADC and KRONE<br/>
ADC completed its acquisition of the KRONE Group on May 18, 2004. ADC is a world leader in providing global network infrastructure products, services and software that enable the profitable delivery of high-speed Internet, data, video, and voice services over our customers’ unique networks. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 90 countries. KRONE is the leading manufacturer and supplier of quality LAN connectivity solutions in Australia. Producing cabling, interconnection and distribution devices used in copper and fibre optic telecommunications and data networks. Based on the New South Wales Central Coast, the company employs approximately 250 people locally and is the headquarters for the Indo-Pacific Region. More information on KRONE Australia is available at Learn more about ADC Telecommunications, Inc. at</p>

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