March 18, 2004 Petah Tikva, Israel -- ECI Telecom has announced new data capabilities for its XDM-100 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) specifically designed and optimized for the metro access and cellular markets. ECI claims it has already begun initial large-scale deployments of the platform with tier 1 wireless service providers.
The integration of the new EIS-M card (Ethernet Interface and Switching Module) will extend the capabilities of the XDM-100 miniature MSPP to address service provider requirements for a modular and flexible means to deliver voice, data, and video services over Ethernet and SDH/SONET.
With the EIS-M card, ECI's XDM-100 converges Ethernet, SDH/SONET, TDM/CWDM and PDH/Async services within a single compact device, presenting service providers with the optimum transmission platform for combining emerging data applications with their legacy business, say ECI representatives. Using the XDM-100, they will be able to gradually mix data-centric applications into their service offering, including Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service, ultra high bandwidth Internet connectivity, Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) assurances and statistical multiplexing for handling bursts of traffic and supporting dynamic bandwidth utilization.
ECI will also introduce new XDM combiner cards for 2.5-Gbit/sec and 10-Gbit/sec line rates at CeBIT 2004. These cards enable an individual service on a channel to be dropped at any network node, resulting in more efficient wavelength utilization across a variety of Gigabit Ethernet and Storage Area Network (SAN) applications.
"These newly announced capabilities follow on the heels of the initial launch of our MSPP families and Ethernet interface cards last year," explains Ido Gur, vice president of marketing, ECI's Optical Networks Division. "The XDM-100's versatility, combined with its small footprint and economical cost, makes it now also an ideal data handling solution for the more focused and highly cost-sensitive access and cellular markets. We expect that our enhanced offering will allow us to further capitalize on our current leadership in these key applications, therefore positioning ECI to target a rapidly emerging, large scale next-generation transport market," he adds.
The XDM-100 MSPP, released at CeBIT 2003, has since achieved deployments in major networks across Europe and Asia Pacific. Now equipped with TDM/CWDM and Ethernet functionality, ECI believes it is in a strong position to increase its market share in the MSPP sector.
According to a recent forecast and analysis report from global market intelligence and advisory firm IDC, the worldwide MSPP market was worth an estimated $1.5 billion in 2003.