Additional Contract Brings Total Value of Project to $40 Million
PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL, April 4, 2001 - Lightscape Networks, a member of the ECI Telecom Group (NASDAQ/NM symbol: ECIL) and international leader in optical networking technology, today announced that leading Asia Pacific cellular telecommunications operator, Globe Telecom, has once again selected Lightscape Networks’ technology. This latest project, worth $20 million brings Globe Telecom’s total investment in ECI Telecom’s Lightscape Networks’ equipment to over $40 million. The expansion is targeted at the transmission layer of Globe Telecom’s cellular network operations.
Globe Telecom, a leading Philippines based provider of cellular, data communications, fixed line and Internet services, currently operates the nation’s largest GSM communications network - branded Globe Handyphone. During the first phase of development within its cellular network, Globe Telecom implemented Lightscape Networks’ Optical Solutions, and has now introduced Lightscape Networks’ XDMTM, which features a breakthrough single architecture approach and allows providers to build next-generation services, through modular expansion of the same platform. Lightscape Networks’ Next Generation Optical Solutions will carry traffic from the Metro core backbone providing inter-MSC transmission for Globe Telecom’s 20 Mobile Switches, to the BSC access networks. Globe Telecom is now reaping the benefits of this implementation as it continues to build upon this infrastructure that gives them a competitive edge over other carriers in terms of ease of capacity upgrade in its switching!
and base station network for Globe Handyphone.
“Globe Telecom has experienced a rapid rate of growth over the past few years, rising from a niche market player in the Philippine wireless industry to become the leader in digital wireless services in the Philippines,” said Emmanuel R. Estrada, VP for Mobile Engineering Planning of Globe Telecom. “We are confident that ECI Telecom’s Lightscape Networks’ technology will continue to provide us with the solutions we seek to develop our services further and expand our global reach, whilst offering the latest, leading services to our customers.”
“Globe Telecom is the latest in a series of cellular operators to select our XDM optical platform,” said Eran Dariel, president & CEO of Lightscape Networks. “It is proving a most cost effective solution for increasing capacity, easing network bottlenecks and building out the network infrastructure.”
In this latest project, the telco service provider will further expand its GSM network capacity to provide the technology on which this expansion is based. This move is the latest in a series of development projects initiated by Globe Telecom over the past years. The expansion of the network is achieved with both the single platform architecture XDMTM and the LumiNet and Syncom product families. The modular expansion feature enables them to plan and accommodate for unexpected capacity growth in each layer from the network edge to the regional and metro core.
These latest enhancements to Globe Telecom’s network equip the carrier with the capacity to increase its subscriber base, continue to develop market leading services for its customers, including broadband services, and reduce network costs through optimising usage of existing equipment and streamlining the transport of traffic through its network. For example, the ability to connect wireless to wireless directly through Lightscape Networks technology, without diverting traffic over leased line connections, is one of the contributing factors in ensuring high performance coupled with a fast return on Globe Telecom’s investment.
About Globe Telecom
Globe Telecom is a full service provider offering cellular, data communications, fixed line and Internet services. It is the largest mobile service provider in the Philippines and operates the country’s largest GSM (Global System for Mobile) communications network. Globe Telecom is owned by Singapore Telecom and the Ayala Corporation. Globe Telecom also operates international fixed and carrier exchange services in 200 countries worldwide. Globe Telecom maintains its web site at www.globe.com.ph
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
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