ECI Telecom announces deals in India, Africa

JUNE 17, 2009 -- In the first deal, the systems vendor has partnered with Tata Teleservices Ltd. to deliver a fixed-broadband access network supporting speeds of up to 18 Mbps. Meanwhile, Togo Telecom has selected ECI to deliver an end-to-end approach for a new high-speed IP network.

JUNE 17, 2009 -- ECI Telecom has announced a pair of deals, one in India and the other in Togo. In the first deal, the systems vendor has partnered with Tata Teleservices Ltd. (TTSL) to deliver what ECI asserts is India's largest fixed-broadband access network supporting speeds of up to 18 Mbps. Meanwhile, Togo Telecom, the incumbent fixed line operator in the African nation, has selected ECI to deliver an end-to-end approach for a new high-speed IP network. The turnkey project will deliver one of the first fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) networks in the region.

As part of the frame agreement with TTSL, the Indian carrier will deploy an all-IP next-generation network featuring ECI's Hi FOCuS Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) and SR9000 Carrier Ethernet Switch Router (CESR) platforms. The equipment for TTSL's Photon Pro network has already been successfully deployed across eight cities: Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vizag, Vijayawada, Surat, and Baroda.

TTSL will use the enhanced capabilities to deliver triple-play services and applications such as IPTV, video on demand, high speed broadband Internet, VoIP, and other bandwidth intensive services.

"ECI's expertise and in-depth understanding of broadband access solutions were key factors in our decision to choose ECI for this important project. The company's market-leading solutions allow us to deliver a full spectrum of next-generation services today, well ahead of other operators in the market, while addressing our evolving needs as network architecture and technologies change in the future," commented A G Rao, president and CTO of TTSL.

ECI has already provided the India communication conglomerate with other network equipment, such as wireless backhaul, WiMax backbone, and broadband access and transport platforms, for over five years.

In Togo, where national fixed-line broadband penetration remains in the single digits, the added capacity the ECI equipment will provide should enable Togo Telecom to alleviate the growing demand for bandwidth-intensive services in the country.

"We were highly impressed with ECI's ability to provide an end-to-end turnkey solution that allows us to deliver to our customers the very best in high-bandwidth services. ECI was able to understand our unique needs and deliver an optimal solution in the deployment of our new IP wireline network. The company's offerings possess technological edge and support a full range of applications and protocols over a single, cost-effective platform, allowing us to address our broadband service needs today, and well into the future," said Petchetibadi Bikassam, general director of Togo Telecom.

ECI is fully managing and executing the project, including the network audit, planning and design of the FTTC network, sites survey, installation and commissioning, network integration and solution optimization.

ECI is currently implementing the first phase of the three-phase project, deploying its XDM® 1000 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) across the network, and installing its Hi-FOCuS Multi Service Access Node (MSAN) platforms in over 300 street cabinets nationwide.

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