June 28, 2004 Petah Tikva, Israel--Ukrtelecom, the national telecommunications operator in the Ukraine, has chosen ECI Telecom's XDM multi-service provisioning platform (MSPP) for its national multiservice optical backbone network, covering major cities and international gateways. The new $16 million order follows the successful installation of a $7 million order for Kiev's metropolitan area network in which ECI's XDM equipment is now handling live traffic across 50 sites throughout the Kiev region.
According to the new contract, ECI Telecom will deploy and support XDM platforms in over 50 sites nationwide, to create a national multi-service transport backbone based on DWDM and SDH technologies and next generation Ethernet capabilities.
Ukrtelecom's decision to deploy the XDM MSPP within its network was driven by its desire to migrate seamlessly from a purely SDH backbone to a universal transport facility. Ukrtelecom is moving ahead to build a scaleable, robust and universal transmission network that provides a transparent flow for voice and packet communications.
"We are pleased to have been chosen once again by Ukrtelecom. This contract is of strategic importance and represents ECI's foothold in the central and eastern european telecoms market," commented Irena Lisak, president of ECI Telecom's Russia and former Soviet Union business unit. "Ukrtelecom is well-established as the national telecommunications largest incumbent retaining a very significant market share. The new infrastructure based on our XDM MSPP enables the company to maintain this status and generate new revenues in a growing marketplace."
The XDM MSPP converges intelligent optical networking capabilities with advanced data functionality including ATM and Ethernet Layer 2 over SDH/SONET, CWDM, and DWDM. Offering a modular approach to building next generation services, the XDM enables carriers to maximise investment in existing infrastructure whilst generating new revenue opportunities.
Ukrtelecom was created at the end of 1993, and until January 5, 2000, it was named the Ukrainian State Telecommunication Enterprise. Today, Ukrtelecom incorporates 30 affiliates including 27 regional departments. Ukrtelecom is a cofounder of a number of joint ventures that operate in the Ukrainian telecommunications market. They include: Utel, Infocom, Ukrainian Mobile Communication, Elsacom - Ukraine, Telesystems of Ukraine and Telecominvest.