Monday, July 5, 2010

BT Openreach Selects ECI Telecom for Fiber Access

BT's Openreach division has selected ECI Telecom as one of its strategic partners for its Super-Fast Fibre Access project. Under a multi-year agreement, ECI will provide its Hi-FOCuS Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) to roll-out a FTTP and FTTC network countrywide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Openreach has recently announced plans to invest a further £1bn (£2.5bn in total) to extend deployment of fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) and fiber-to-the- cabinet (FTTC) to around two-thirds of the UK by 2015. The network displays a first-of-its-kind architecture, based on FTTP GPON and fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) VDSL2 technologies.

ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN supports multiple telecom providers through the same access fiber loop and enables Openreach to deliver equivalence to each Communications Provider for their individual and evolving bandwidth needs. The platform offers unique Ethernet aggregation capabilities that ensures true physical separation of each communication provider's network. ECI will also provide Openreach with customer premise equipment, street cabinets, and the appropriate service integration and commissioning.

"With ECI as a strategic partner for this very advanced carrier-of-carriers architecture, we are able to upgrade our infrastructure offerings to Communications Providers and guarantee the provision of equivalency to all our customers. ECI's offerings are in line with our vision of a straightforward, more integrated and competitive network, simplifying management and supporting the optimization of our next-generation access network in an environmentally-friendly and responsible way," said Steve Robertson, Openreach's CEO.

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