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Poland: Vendor Magnet

Ray Le Maistre

9:30 AM -- The increasing business opportunities in Eastern Europe are leading more and more telecom systems firms to set up operations in the region, with Poland turning out to be a real vendor magnet. (See Eastern Promise, Vendors Eye Euro Ethernet Hotpot, NDS, Kaon Team in Poland, and SPIE Goes to Poland.)

Today, OSS firm Telcordia Technologies Inc. announced it has opened a research center in Poznan, Poland, to support its European operations.

And in April, ECI Telecom Ltd. established a new unit in the Polish capital, Warsaw. ECI Telekom Polska Sp. Z.o.o. -- try saying that after a few long shots of citrus vodka -- will "serve as ECI's key regional office for its operations in Eastern Europe," where the vendor already has plenty of business, including in Poland. (See ECI Wins in Poland.)

The Polish telecom sector is believed to be growing at about 12 percent a year, which is a healthy lick for any market.

And with operators such as Telekomunikacja Polska SA , Centertel , Dialog Telecom SA , Netia Holdings SA , Polkomtel SA , and Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa Sp. z.o.o. (PTC) , and Multimedia Polska SA introducing new fixed and video services to a growing economy, and with international service providers branching into the country, becoming established in Poland looks like a good move for any vendor just now. (See Interoute Expands in Poland, Harmonic Does the Polska, TP Trials FTTH, MTI Offers FMC to Poles, Poland's Dialog Tunes in to IPTV, and Verizon Expands Euro Ethernet.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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