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XDM Converged Optical Platforms to Be Deployed in Network Connecting Major Brazilian Cities


PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL, 10 July 2002 – Lightscape Networks, an ECI Telecom company (ECI Telecom: NASDAQ:ECIL) and a leading innovator in optical networking, today announced that Companhia de Telecomunicacoes do Brasil Central (CTBC Telecom), a major Brazilian telecom carrier, has selected Lightscape Networks’ XDM™ converged optical networking platform for deployment in its Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network backbone. The initial phase of the contract –expected to be implemented over the near term – is valued at million, with potential for further network expansion in the near future.


Under the agreement, Lightscape Networks’ flagship XDM hybrid optical platform will be used to create a DWDM network that will span 6,500 kilometers in the central-east region of Brazil. This network will connect the major cities in Brazil including Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Uberlandia. The deployment includes the XDM-4000, a core optical system for regional networks. In addition, Lightscape Networks’ XDM-1000 and XDM-500 will be deployed in several metropolitan parts of the network, enabling future expansion to SDH/SONET in the same network.


“While CTBC already provides services for fixed lines and cellular markets, deploying the suite of XDM platforms will enable us to effectively compete in the long-distance arena,” said Weber Pimenta de Melo, managing superintendent of CTBC Telecom. “Lightscape Networks’ flexible solutions allow us to broaden our reach throughout Brazil to offer our customers next generation broadband services.”


According to CTBC’ new business development Manager, Lourival Jorge Teixeira, the Lightscape Networks choice for the DWDM solution acquisition happened after a complex tender process, in which eight national and international companies participated. “We chose ECI group due the technical quality, tender’s requests fulfillment and financing terms”.


The CTBC deal is one of several optical networking projects Lightscape Networks is implementing in Latin America, a list that includes Cable & Wireless, amongst others. Lightscape Networks believes that its XDM solution continues to gain share in the international markets.


“As we continue addressing the needs of the Latin American market, this deployment with Brazil’s CTBC Telecom is of great strategic value to Lightscape Networks,” said Eran Dariel, president & CEO of Lightscape Networks. “Our unique, single-architecture approach enables companies like CTBC to rapidly and cost-effectively meet their customers’ requirements, while at the same time enabling them to easily expand their networks as demand for greater capacity increases”.


The XDM is a fully converged optical platform combining optical DWDM, next-generation SDH/SONET and carrier-class Gigabit Ethernet with on-demand network provisioning in a single device. In addition, the XDM's “Build-as-you-GrowTM” architecture lets service providers easily expand their networks to meet customers' bandwidth and service demands, enabling the most cost-effective network migration path without the added costs of multiple network elements.


The sales management of the project was conducted by ECI Do Brasil, ECI’s subsidiary in Sao Paulo, which is managed by Mr. Domingos Bertagni.


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About CTBC Telecom



CTBC Telecom, based in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, is a privately owned local telephone company serving Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul and Goias states. It has over 1.2 million customers and employs more than 1,300 workers. Founded in 1954, it was for more than 20 years the only privately owned Brazilian telecommunications provider. Since the privatization in 1998 of the state-owned Telebras system, CTBC Telecom has become the only Brazilian provider offering its customers a full service portfolio of fixed, cellular, and data solutions. Before launching the first prepaid cellular service in Brazil, CTBC Telecom had already been a pioneer in cellular services in Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states and had been using digital technology since 1996. In December, 1998, National Telecommunication Magazine, Brazil's leading trade publication, named CTBC Telecom 'Company of the Year,' not only in recognition of its state-of-the-art technology and premium services, but also for its important community service programs.



About Lightscape Networks



Lightscape Networks is a leading innovator 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 http://www.lightscapenetworks.com


About ECI Telecom



ECI Telecom is a provider of advanced, telecommunications solutions. Focused mainly on the metropolitan optical and access markets, ECI Telecom enables leading service providers and carriers world-wide to maximize their capital investment and reduce operating expenses while providing voice, data, video and multimedia services to their customers. ECI Telecom maintains a global sales and customer support network. Its solutions are an integral part of more than 500 telecommunications networks in over 145 countries.


Certain statements contained in this release may contain forward-looking information with respect to plans, projections or future performance of the Company. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, product and market acceptance risks, the impact of competitive pricing, product development, commercialisation and technological difficulties and other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Contacts:


Karen Gershon
Lightscape Networks
+ 972 3 926 8341
karen.gershon@lightscapenet.com


Sian Ford / Beky Hughes
Strategic Alliance International
+44 1494 434 434
bekyh@strategicpr.net


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