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Enhanced XDM offers world’s widest ‘single-shelf’ capacity range while extending scalable optical networking from the network edge to the regional and metro core


PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL, March 9, 2001 - Lightscape Networks, a member of the ECI Telecom Group (NASDAQ/NM symbol: ECIL) and an international leader in optical networking technology, today unveiled its extended next-generation XDM optical networking platform.

"XDM features a breakthrough single architecture approach that allows providers to build next-generation services, prudently, through modular expansion of the same platform technology," said Eran Dariel, president & CEO of Lightscape Networks. "This enables them to plan and accommodate for unexpected capacity growth in each layer from the network edge to the regional and metro core."

Specifically designed and optimised for the regional and metro core, the new XDM optical switch application provides carriers with one of the widest capacity ranges on today’s market, within a single shelf. Because the XDM operates at Low Order granularity, IP Layers 1- 3 with bit rates from 2Mb/s to 10Gb/s, GbE and lambda, it optimises sub-lambda grooming and ensures that the capacity utilisation of any lambda in the network can reach 95 per cent.

"We added multi-service transponders, intelligent optical protection schemes, based on various types of data-aware performance monitoring, tunable lasers and optical switches on the same XDM platform," said Ido Gur, vice president of product management for Lightscape Networks. "This way, one can deliver optical cross-connect and WDM line systems in the same shelf, compared to other vendors which offer several platforms to achieve the same functionality."

By combining these functions into one network element and operating in rings and mesh topologies, carriers are able to benefit from improved network efficiency and savings in cost and footprint. The XDM benefits from a revolutionary single architecture, which allows network cards to be interchanged between modules. This enables telcos to take immediate advantage of optical networking technology in the network edge to the regional and metro core. It also allows them to gradually migrate to next-generation broadband services and mesh topologies in a future-proof, cost-effective fashion.

In the network edge, Lightscape Networks’ new XDM platform is designed to provide an effortless route to next-generation broadband services, and multi-service support, within a single data-aware device. Built from the ground up to solve bottlenecks in the network edge, XDM offers operators a cost-effective way of connecting multi-service broadband subscribers to the transport backbone without requiring a massive initial investment in numerous discrete systems (DWDM multiplexers, SDH/SONET ADMs, edge data switching and optical switching). This leading-edge technology makes it much easier for telcos and service providers operating within the network edge to accomplish initial penetration of the emerging broadband services market, while also giving them a clear and simple migration path for the future.

"XDM’s revolutionary single architecture equips telcos to take advantage of optical networking technology from network edge to the regional and metro core today, without risk, and without having to dig deep into their pockets," explained Eran Dariel. "Among the key advantages of the new XDM platform is its ability to resolve the issue of current market uncertainty by enabling telcos to future-proof their next-generation networks without having to plan ahead. For example, 3G (Third Generation) telecommunications operators might be unwilling to risk investing billions of dollars on infrastructure when the extent of market penetration and application trends are unknown. "

He added, "XDM gives providers a Lego-style approach to building their optical networking infrastructure, offering them a risk free method of progressing cost-effectively to next-generation broadband services for all applications no matter what the prevailing topologies of the future."

"The selling of traffic through transferring lambda from site A to B forms the basis of carrier provisioning into today’s networks," said Ido Gur. "Usually this process takes days, however the innovative XDM architecture combined with WDM and sophisticated management technology allows this to occur in a matter of sub seconds."

The XDM family for network edge to regional and metro core is available worldwide immediately with prices starting from $25,000 for a basic network edge configuration, to prices ranging upwards from $50,000 for metro and regional core applications.

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About Lightscape Networks

Lightscape Networks is a leading provider of next generation intelligent optical networking solutions. Leveraging more than 10 years of global experience, Lightscape Networks offers advanced optical platforms that combine instant provisioning with on-demand network scalability. The company’s highly dense, multi-service XDM is used by carriers to build flexible network topologies that cost-effectively scale to future demands. Lightscape Networks’ solutions are deployed in 45 countries worldwide and serve both major carriers and emerging service providers at all stages of optical network implementation. The company has corporate headquarters in Petah Tikva, Israel and regional offices across Europe and Asia Pacific. In the USA the regional headquarters are in Herndon, VA. Lightscape Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of ECI Telecom Ltd. For more information on Lightscape Networks, please visit www.lightscapenetworks.com

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