Golden Telecom Selects ECI to Provide Its Metro DWDM/ROADM Network

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The state-of-the-art platform will provide Golden Telecom with added flexibility to scale its network, responding to increasing market demand for high-bandwidth services.

PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL - May 28, 2008 - ECI Telecom, a global provider of networking infrastructure solutions, announced today that Golden Telecom, Inc. (Golden Telecom), part of the VimpelCom Group, has selected its XDM® All-Rangeā„¢ ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer) and Multi-Service Transport Platform (MSTP) to expand its network capacity in and around the city of Moscow. Golden Telecom is a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS").

Golden Telecom will deploy ECI's DWDM solution with class-leading 10-degree WSS ROADM in major sites across the Moscow Transport Network, allowing for forecast-tolerant and easy and quick provisioning of services. The deployment of ECI's XDM All-Range solution will allow for reduction in OPEX (operating expenses) stemming from improved provisioning cycles, and CAPEX (capital expenditure) savings generated by the platform's capabilities for cost effective deployment of the carrier's region-wide fiber network built.

ECI's LightSoft® network manager will provide simplified management of all networks layers - SDH, data and the optical layer - enabling end-to-end provisioning under a single, unified management platform. With its unified graphical user interface, LightSoft improves efficiency by providing users with a clear picture of the optical channels and available resources.

"ECI has a long standing relationship with Golden Telecom, representing close to a decade of close partnership, and we are proud to continue working with one of the most innovative operators in the Russian market," said Boris Mirkin, President RBU Russia, CIS & Baltic States, of ECI Telecom. "This project is yet another testament to the unique benefits of our optical platform solutions which allow operators as Golden Telecom to maximize their service potential in a highly competitive market."

ECI has been providing network infrastructure in the Russian telecom market for over a decade. Through innovative technology, efficient platforms and high-level of customer focus, ECI has established itself as a preferred partner for many Russian service providers as they transition to next-generation networks.

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 world's 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

About Golden Telecom
Golden Telecom Inc. (Golden Telecom), part of the VimpelCom Group, is a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS"). The Company offers voice, data and Internet services to corporations, operators and consumers using its metropolitan overlay network in major cities including Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Almaty, and Tashkent, and via intercity fiber optic and satellite-based networks, including approximately 314 combined access points in Russia and other countries of the CIS.

Certain statements contained in this release may contain forward-looking information with respect to plans, projections or future performance of the companies mentioned. 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, commercialization and technological difficulties as well as other risks.

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