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September 23, 2008

ECI Telecom to Supply Broadband Access Solutions to PLDT

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributing Editor

ECI Telecom (News - Alert), a global provider of networking infrastructure solutions, has signed an agreement to supply broadband access solutions to Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), one of the largest operators in the Philippines.
PLDT has selected ECI's Hi-FOCuS-5 Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) central office and outside plant solution to support the nationwide expansion of its high-speed Internet DSL services for both business and residential customers over the operator's existing copper infrastructure.
The Hi-FOCuS is a carrier grade, future-proof MSAN solution, providing PLDT with the optimal transition path to a next-generation network solutions as it looks to deliver new services such as IPTV (News - Alert) and VoIP in the future.
ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN is the only solution in the market that simultaneously supports xDSL, next-generation voice and fiber technologies in any network architecture, enabling seamless evolution as network operators transition from copper-based solutions to broadband intensive services supported by fiber access.
The Hi-FOCuS supports the varied needs of operators in developed and emerging markets, as they struggle with the need to continuously balance network deployment and service provisioning to both developed and under-developed areas.
"We have been successfully deploying ECI's transport solutions for the past ten years. As we build our next generation offering of services, we are counting on their support to provide us with the needed flexibility during this migration," said Rodante Medina of PLDT.
Founded in 1928, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is a telecommunications provider in the Philippines. Through its three principal business groups - fixed line, wireless, and information and communication technology - PLDT offers the largest and most diversified range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ most extensive fiber optic backbone and fixed line, cellular and satellite networks.
“We are very pleased to have met PLDT's requirements with the most flexible broadband access solution in the market today. The Hi-FOCuS family, a key element in our 1Net business framework, is the solution of choice for network operators who are looking to transition their networks towards NGN – from the delivery of voice and broadband Internet over copper all the way to the delivery of fiber-based advanced services, such as video and IPTV,” said Aviel Tenenbaum, executive vice president, global sales and marketing for ECI Telecom.
ECI Telecom delivers innovative communications platforms to carriers and service providers worldwide. ECI provides efficient platforms and solutions that enable customers to rapidly deploy cost-effective, revenue-generating services.
Founded in 1961, Israel-based ECI has consistently delivered customer-focused networking solutions to the world’s largest carriers. The company is also a major player in many emerging markets. ECI provides 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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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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