Neotel South Africa Selects ECI Telecom For Next Generation Transport Backbone Network

PETAH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ECI Telecom, a global provider of networking infrastructure equipment, today announced that Neotel, the first national infrastructure-based competitor in the fixed-line telecommunications sector in South Africa, has selected ECI's XDM® and BroadGate® (BG) line of products to support its network rollout in the country.

Under-served areas in Africa present a considerable potential for growth as carriers reach out to provide basic and advanced services to the region. South Africa has recently liberalized the telecom sector and Neotel is now building a next generation network to serve this growing market. Neotel's next-generation transport network, as supplied by ECI, will support both enterprise and residential customers with voice, data and internet services. ECI's vast experience in rolling out new networks in emerging markets worldwide was key to Neotel in meeting its aggressive deployment and service targets.

ECI's innovative next-generation portfolio answers our technology needs and suits our goal of building a network that can lead South Africa to the next step in terms of telecom development," said Pravir Dahiya, Head of Networks at Neotel. "ECI is building the very foundation of our backbone which supports our current needs and will enable seamless network transition to support the future.

ECI will provide a full access-to-core solution for all of Neotel's transmission requirements by deploying the XDM and the BG families of products. These products offer extreme scalability and flexibility, guaranteeing investment protection and future upgrades to support additional services and new technologies, including MPLS. The network is managed via ECI's centralized LightSoft Network Management System, providing an end-to-end multi-layer management solution, from access to core. Spescom Telecommunications, ECI's local partner in the country, is supplying installation and integration services. Spescom has a solid track record in the market, and the required breadth and depth of skills as well as experience in providing support and maintenance services for transport networks on a national basis.

We are proud to be part of the development of the South African telecom market, said Joop van Aard, President and General Manager for Europe, Middle East & Africa, of ECI Telecom. We share with Neotel its values of superior customer service and innovation, and expect to support their efforts of building a better, more advanced network in the country for years to come.

About Neotel

Neotel is South Africas first converged communications network operator. It provides a range of value-added voice and data services for businesses, wholesale network operators and providers and consumers using its pure-IP Next Generation Network, powered by Neotels high-performance fibre optic backbone. Neotel connects the major centres in South Africa to each other and to the world, directly linking the country into VSNLs global Tier 1 network. Neotel offers fresh thinking, a creative approach and flexible solutions for communications in South Africa.

About Spescom

Spescom Telecommunications is a subsidiary of global and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Listed Spescom Limited. The other subsidiaries are active in contact centre infrastructure, telephony, integrated voice response (IVR), voice over internet protocol (VoIP), voice recording and voice transaction management solutions as well as professional broadcast studio infrastructure. With headquarters in Johannesburg South Africa, Spescom works with local partners and allows skills transfer and development of in-country first line support. Spescoms customer base includes the leading banks of South Africa, telecommunications operators, insurance companies and national broadcasters, just to name a few.

About 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 worlds largest carriers. The Company is also a market leader 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. For more information, please visit

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