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PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL, 15 August, 2001-- Lightscape Networks, an ECI Telecom company (ECI Telecom: NASDAQ/NM symbol: ECIL) and an international leader in optical networking, today announced that it has signed a contract to supply one of the world’s largest local exchange carriers with next-generation optical networking technology. Open Joint-Stock Company ‘Moscow City Telephone Network’ (OJSC ‘MGTS’, Russia), which provides access to the public network for other services providers, will implement Lightscape Networks XDM™ intelligent, hybrid optical platform within its metropolitan area network to eliminate bottlenecks and to support regional voice, data and broadband services.

This move represents the latest development in an ongoing project by MGTS to invest in and improve its network, building upon the previous deployment of several hundred SDH multiplexers from ECI Telecom’s Lightscape Networks. The implementation of Lightscape Networks’ XDM optical platform will greatly increase the capacity of its interconnecting rings, whilst offering advanced optical networking features and support for multiple network topologies. Benefits from this initiative will include a faster, more flexible and scalable infrastructure, 100 per cent compatibility with MGTS’ existing operating equipment and comprehensive end-to-end traffic management.

Mr Vladimir Lagutin, MGTS’ general manager, commented, “MGTS is committed to delivering unmatched speed and functionality within our existing services, whilst enabling the next-generation services of tomorrow. To fulfill this type of activity we are deploying the best innovative technology that the industry has to offer.” He continued, “Lightscape Networks’ XDM platform provides us with a robust, flexible solution for supporting high capacity traffic today, as well as providing an immediate and cost-effective option for supporting an entire range of broadband services and transport technologies far into the future.”

The unparalleled scalability built into the XDM system represents a key advantage to MGTS in its development of new services. The system’s breakthrough, single platform architecture enables it to be upgraded whilst in service using cards that are slotted into the basic unit to give instant capacity increases or easy, cost-effective migration to optical services without the need for years of forward planning. Eran Dariel, president and CEO of Lightscape Networks, stated, “Our ongoing partnership ensures that MGTS can take advantage of advanced functionality such as fully integrated DWDM, support for multiple SDH rings (from STM-1 to STM-64), support for multiple data protocols, distributed DXC (digital cross connect) and end-to-end provisioning. At the same time our solutions are designed to future proof MGTS’ network, thereby protecting its investment.” He added, “It is a great compliment to our company and our technology that we are part of the development plans of such a major telecommunications force.”

Lightscape Networks’ XDM platform provides carriers with an easy migration path to next-generation broadband services and multi-service support within a single data-aware device, offering carriers with one of the widest capacity ranges on today’s market within a single shelf. Designed specifically for the metropolitan area environment, XDM offers 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). XDM is the only multi-function metro platform for voice, video and data that scales cost effectively to 10Gbps, for both ring and mesh architectures.


About Lightscape Networks

Lightscape Networks is a leading provider of next generation intelligent optical networking solutions. Leveraging more than ten 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 http://www.lightscapenetworks.com


About ECI Telecom

ECI Telecom Ltd is a provider of integrated network solutions for digital communications and data transmission systems. The company designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports end-to-end digital telecommunications solutions for today's new services and converging networks. The company's products create bandwidth, maximise revenues for networking operators, expand capacity, improve performance and enable new revenue-producing services. In doing so, they enhance the capabilities of existing networks to support voice, data, video and multimedia services. ECI Telecom's equipment supports traffic in more than 500 service networks in over 145 countries.


About MGTS

MGTS is one of the world’s largest telephone companies in the world that serves more than four million subscribers. MGTS owns a unique telecom infrastructure and provides access to the public network for other service providers. MGTS deploys a number of projects to increase a range of new services for a wide variety of users - the creation of the city broadband data network is such project. Further information on MGTS is available from the company’s press service on telephone +7 095 299 8269.







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