New converged framework for NGNs

ECI Telecom has unveiled a new converged framework for next-generation products, solutions and services. The company claims its new ECI 1Net supports smooth transition to Next-Generation Networks...

ECI Telecom has unveiled a new converged framework for next-generation products, solutions and services. The company claims its new ECI 1Net supports smooth transition to Next-Generation Networks.

ECI 1Net is a comprehensive framework focusing on the optimal transition to next-generation networks through a combination of multi-functional network equipment, fully integrated solutions and a suite of professional services to provide customers the highest level of support as they evolve their networks.  A key component of ECI 1Net is the newly announced Carrier Ethernet 9000 Family which complements ECI's existing next-generation packet-optical and access product lines.

The 9000 Family product line includes Carrier Ethernet switch routers, aggregation switches and demarcation units for the metro core, metro access and customer premises.  The 9000 Family is highly integrated with ECI's market leading WDM/ROADM and Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPP) based on the XDM and BroadGate metro networking platforms.   This integration of the optical layer with the IP/Ethernet layer is what ECI claims enables it to deliver the most complete view of potential network services via one converged network.

Today's challenges for service providers include coping with multiple and simultaneous transitions to new technologies and service offerings.  ECI mitigates the pain and the risk associated with these challenges by delivering simple to operate and maintain equipment, end-to-end solutions and the networking expertise to provide full support.  The company claims this translates into savings in total cost of ownership (TCO) of up to 20% when compared to options where products, solutions and services are dealt with independently of each other.

"The ability to simplify network planning and design means that service providers can reduce cost exposures over the long-run, as networks, services, and applications become increasingly complex.  With ECI 1Net, service providers can turn to ECI as an established partner with a history of carrier-class networking expertise accumulated via a large installed base at the access, aggregation, and metro core level.  ECI has made a name for itself by focusing on multi-function elements that deliver cost-effective options for carriers.  ECI 1Net is an interesting way to convey and unify their product and service portfolios with a consistent set of values and requirements across access and metro networks," said Michael Howard, Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research.

All ECI 1Net products, including the new 9000 Carrier Ethernet Switch Router (CESR) Family, deliver optimal access and metro networking solutions that are agnostic of specific technology or network architectures.  This allows ECI's customers to support their current services and the flexibility to deploy new offerings, affording gradual migration and ongoing integration at the customer's pace.  

"We believe that the best way to successfully lead the move to next-generation networks is through an integrated approach with cost optimized and multi-functional equipment and solutions that interoperate and enable one operational network.  ECI 1Net demonstrates our commitment to putting the customer first-from network planning and deployment through operation services-all while offering customized innovations and improved network efficiency at lower total cost of ownership." commented Rafi Maor, CEO & President of ECI Telecom.

ECI Telecom is a market leader in many emerging markets, providing scalable broadband access, transport and data networking infrastructure that provides the foundation for the communications of tomorrow, including next-generation voice, IPTV, mobility and other business solutions.

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