July 14, 2004 Petah Tikva, Israel -- ECI Telecom today announced that Banverket Telenat, the telecommunications division of Banverket (Swedish National Rail Administration), has signed new agreements with ECI Telecom for its optical transmission and access equipment.
Over the past nine years, ECI Telecom's relationship with Banverket has continuously expanded, with more than $40 million in equipment installed to date. For this most recent tender selection, ECI was chosen from a total of 14 vendors seeking to assist Banverket to expand its network requirements for IP and Ethernet traffic. The new agreements are valued in the several million dollar range.
Under the framework agreements, ECI will continue to supply Banverket with its XDM Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). In addition, ECI is supplying its BroadGate uLAN metro edge platform for cost-effective delivery of Ethernet Layer 2, SDH/SONET, and PDH services, which will be installed in Banverket's telecom network during the third quarter.
Selecting ECI's equipment enables Banverket to increase the capacity of its existing network more efficiently and flexibly, while avoiding high costs, say Banverket representatives.
"As a carrier's carrier, we face new demands from our customers for additional capacity that requires us to consider scaling our existing fiber network most effectively," explains Eva Karin Andersson, transmission manager of Banverket Telecom. "We were presented with many solutions from various vendors and ECI was one of the two main vendors we chose to maximize the capacity on our network."
"As the Banverket network expands and requires more competitive solutions, ECI's product portfolio offers many choices, coupled with continuous support that makes the most sense for Banverket," adds Shimon Levany, President of the North West Europe Regional Business Unit. "We continue to strengthen our relationship with Banverket and are enthusiastic to be supporting their needs with this next phase in their network growth, making it one of the largest networks in Europe to carry SDH traffic."