Intelsat picks ECI's optical platform for D.C. backbone network

October 24, 2005 Petah Tikva, Israel -- For its optical network, Intelsat, a provider of satellite communications services, has chosen ECI Telecom's XDM Multi-Service Transport Platform (MSTP). ECI says the platform's unique convergence of WDM, SONET/SDH, and Ethernet services reduces network complexity while increasing service flexibility.

October 24, 2005 Petah Tikva, Israel -- For its optical network, Intelsat, a provider of satellite communications services, has chosen ECI Telecom's XDM Multi-Service Transport Platform (MSTP). ECI says the platform's unique convergence of WDM, SONET/SDH, and Ethernet services reduces network complexity while increasing service flexibility.

ECI also says the platform's pluggable ROADM and integrated optical layer with electrical switching and grooming capabilities allows for efficient bandwidth utilization with "any-to-any"service delivery.

According to a press release, Intelsat has previously used ECI's T::DAX bandwidth management platform for bandwidth aggregation for its GlobalConnex managed services, which are designed to support trunking, broadband, and media communications requirements by bundling space segments with Intelsat's global teleports, points of presence, and ground network infrastructure. This arrangement provides an instant infrastructure to service providers operating in areas where network build-out is expensive and time-consuming.

According to the release, this successful experience with both equipment and customer service contributed to Intelsat's decision to expand the partnership with ECI for its optical network build-out. The XDM optical network deployment in the Greater Washington D.C. area will be used as the backbone infrastructure to deliver more advanced services to customers. The implementation will feature an XDM-based network and ECI's LightSoft network management system, which will enable Intelsat to easily view and remotely manage multiple technology layers and services within the network. Additionally, the XDM's integrated special amplification features enable Intelsat to reach longer distances with a single network element at a lower cost, according to the companies.

"We selected ECI Telecom because their XDM equipment provided us with enhanced flexibility," comments Paul Howard, principal engineer of monitoring systems at Intelsat. "We determined that ECI's solution was the most advanced, allowing our network to easily scale, and providing next-generation services."

"ECI is pleased to support Intelsat as it moves forward to deploy its own optical network," adds Emanuel Nachum, vice president of marketing for ECI Telecom North America. "The XDM platform will enable Intelsat to bring its leadership in satellite communications services to terrestrial networks."


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