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August 8, 2006
PETAH TIKVA, Israel -- ECI Telecom (NASDAQ:ECIL - News) announced today that it has signed a new multi-million dollar contract with the largest cable operator in Romania, RCS & RDS, for the upgrade and expansion of its optical network. The network upgrade will enable RCS & RDS to provide triple play and other broadband services across Eastern Europe and will enable access to the European Internet exchange located in Frankfurt. RCS & RDS' upgraded network will serve approximately 1.7 million subscribers.
Under the contract, ECI is upgrading the national network between all the major cities in Romania, creating a new regional network in Moldova and connecting Hungary to Romania. The network is based on 10G DWDM technology. Underscoring the efficiency of the deployment, ECI was able to deploy the main ring in less than two weeks. ECI and RCS & RDS have been working together since 2001. ECI had previously enabled the customer to deploy an SDH network using its flagship XDM® optical platform. In the current project, RCS & RDS' backbone is being upgraded to add more capacity and to support 10G DWDM by adding a 10G LAN interface. This will make the network more cost-effective and easier to maintain, resulting in significant savings to its operating expenses. RCS & RDS has deployed ECI platforms worth over $10 million in recent years.
"To meet the rapidly growing requirements from our subscribers, we needed a trusted partner that we knew could respond quickly and customize the right solution for us," said Alexandru Oprea, General Manager of RCS & RDS. "With ECI, we are deploying a modern high capacity network that provides us with a flexible and cost-effective solution to generate new revenues and remain ahead of the competition."
"We place great value on our partnership with RCS & RDS and are delighted that the company has again chosen us for their network expansion," said Ido Gur, ECI Telecom's Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. "The ability to customize a triple-play network for the largest cable operator in Romania demonstrates the quality of our technology and our continued strength in tailoring cost effective solutions for our customers."
ECI Telecom Ltd.
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