telent is a British radio, telecommunication, and Internet systems installation and services provision company. The telent name was used from 2006 for the United Kingdom and German services businesses of Marconi Corporation (formerly General Electric Company) which had not been acquired by Ericsson. Companies with "Marconi" in their name can trace their ultimate origins, through mergers and takeovers, to The Marconi Company Ltd., founded by Guglielmo Marconi in 1897 as The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company.

telent Technology Services Limited
IndustryCommunications equipment
PredecessorMarconi Communications 
Founded24 January 2006
HeadquartersWarwick, England, UK
Key people
Frank McKay, Chief Executive Officer
ProductsCommunication and I.T. systems services
Revenue£542 million GBP (2019)
Number of employees
Approximately 2,257 (2019)


The company was originally formed in September 1961 as GEC Telecommunications Limited. It became part of GPT, and following the split of GPT was renamed Marconi Communications Limited in 1998 when GEC decided to switch to use the better known Marconi brand name which it had owned for some time. In January 2006 following Ericsson's acquisition of most Marconi assets, including the rights to the Marconi name, the remaining UK and German services business of Marconi Corporation which was not acquired and no longer had the rights to use the Marconi name was renamed Telent. In May 2007 Telent announced its move from Coventry to Warwick opus 40 business park.[1]

In November 2007 Telent was purchased by the Pension Corporation; the following month its shares were delisted and Telent became a private company.[2]

In 2008 Telent made various acquisitions, including intelligent traffic systems group TSEU in March,[3] leading communications infrastructure provider, the Alan Campbell Group, in July[4] and telecoms service provider Premises Networks in September.[5]


telent is a leading technology company which designs and delivers solutions and services for organisations to create, improve and maintain their mission-critical communications networks, vital in the effective operation of UK infrastructure. The company provides a range of network and communications services to several industries including Rail, Traffic, Public Safety, Defence, Service Providers, Enterprise and Public Sector. Products include enterprise software systems, emergency services communications and logistics, integrated warehouse logistics systems and rail and metro systems. Customers includie BAE Systems, BT, Highways England, HM Coastguard, Interoute, London Ambulance Service, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Metropolitan Police, Network Rail, RNLI, Sky, Transport for London, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

The company has many operational sites within the UK and Ireland, including at Chorley in Lancashire, Warwick, Camberley in Surrey, Harbour Exchange in London, and Dublin. A team of telecommunications technicians and engineers provide support and new features development for the old TDM System X network used by BT, Virgin Media, Kingston Communications, Vodafone, and Gibtelecom.


From its formation in 2006, Telent CEO was Mark Plato. He died in a motorcycle accident in September 2019 [6]. Frank McKay was appointed as his replacement as CEO [7]

See also


  1. Andy Hutson (23 June 2008). "telent moves to its new HQ in Warwick". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. Pension trustees protest after £400m Telent sale Archived 18 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "telent buys TSEU Group". 3 March 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  4. "telent acquires Alan Campbell Group". Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  5. "telent acquires telecom services provider". 23 September 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  6. Smith, Kirstie. "CEO of Warwick-based company dies in motorcycle accident". Warwick Courier. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. "Announcement from David Naylor-Leyland, Chairman of telent". Telent. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
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