APRIL 16, 2008 -- Schiphol Telematics (ST), the telecom operator at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, has selected ECI Telecom (search for ECI Telecom) to provide a three-year managed service contract for its next-generation networks (NGN).
ST says its requirements were for one vendor to build, operate, and manage this new network, providing ST with expertise, management tools, and leading operations capabilities. ST provides communication technology to its business customers in and around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; it also operates the telecom network for the Amsterdam national airport. As such, ST enables data, voice, and Internet services for both fixed and wireless clients. ST claims to offer one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in Europe and licenses cellular backhauling lines to other carriers.
ECI confirms that it will provide a one-stop shop for ST's optical and access network needs, implementing and managing the entire network, while providing a high-level of Service Level Agreement (SLA) for all operations within a very secure environment.
The chosen package is part of ECI 1Net, a comprehensive business framework that helps carriers with the transition to NGN. The investment in the new network platform and services will enable ST to expand its value-added service offerings, increase revenue, and reduce operational costs. ECI will supply its XDM and BroadGate MultiService Provisioning Platforms, its Hi-FOCuS MultiService Access Node, and the LightSoft Network Management System.
ECI will be responsible for the new network support and implementation starting from the planning, design, and delivery, through the rollout of the project, migration of the networks, and deployment. Following the implementation phase, ECI will provide full support of the network management, including Network Operations Center (NOC), maintenance, and field services.
"We chose ECI as our primary network supplier based on its ability to combine end-to-end solutions plus managed services, allowing us to focus on growing our business and serving our customers," explains Ras Lalmy, CEO of ST. "We were looking for one vendor that would meet all of our requirements. There were many vendors to choose from, but only ECI was able to guarantee the high level of service we demand in our operations."
"We are very pleased to supply ST with an end-to-end solution and complete managed services," adds Rafi Maor, CEO & president of ECI Telecom. "We believe that the solution we are providing to ST will be of interest to other service providers as well. ECI solutions and services allow them to focus on revenue generating services for new customers with reduced maintenance and operational costs."