ECI Telecom Expands Hi-FOCuS MSAN Voice Capabilities with SIP Signalin

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Delivering added flexibility via ECI's 1Net framework for evolution to NGN

Hi-FOCuS MSAN

As part of our 1Net offering, the enhanced solution enables gradual migration from an aging PSTN network to a next-generation multi-vendor network for cost-effective delivery of telephony services. This is another proof point on how we continue to evolve and advance the capabilities of our Hi-FOCuS MSAN offering based on customer and industry needs.

ECI Telecom, a global provider of networking infrastructure solutions, today announced that its Hi-FOCuS™ multi-service access node (MSAN), with integrated support for xDSL, fiber access and voice solutions, now supports SIP signaling for voice-over-IP. The added protocol support gives service providers the flexibility to choose any common industry IMS voice core as they migrate from PSTN to a next generation network (NGN).

This enhanced capability further extends the flexibility of ECI's recently announced 1Net framework, which focuses on the optimal transition to NGN, delivering solutions that are agnostic of specific technology or network architecture. With ECI's 1Net best-of-breed approach and the Hi-FOCuS MSAN, service providers are able to align with a true IMS multi-vendor strategy and not be locked into any one vendor's end-to-end voice solution.

"Strong competition combined with increasing operational costs and declining voice revenues are driving the need for service providers to transition to next-generation networks," commented Teresa Mastrangelo, Principal Analyst, Broadband trends. "By adding SIP functionality to the Hi-FOCuS platform, ECI will now be able to address a significantly larger portion of the growing NGN market."

ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN next-generation voice solution provides seamless replacement for legacy Class 5 PSTN lines and has evolved to include support for the SIP protocol. As service providers migrate to NGN, they have the flexibility with ECI's voice solution to deploy IMS SIP-based or H.248-based voice services. The enhanced Hi-FOCuS MSAN voice solution, which incorporates best-of-breed access gateway functionality, can flexibly and openly interoperate with third party Call Session Control (also knows as 'softswitch') IMS solutions for delivery of voice PSTN-replacement services.

"The addition of SIP support for our Hi-FOCuS MSAN next-generation voice solution increases service providers' options for an IMS voice core," said Eyal Shaked, General Manager, Network Solutions Division and Executive Vice President of ECI Telecom. "As part of our 1Net offering, the enhanced solution enables gradual migration from an aging PSTN network to a next-generation multi-vendor network for cost-effective delivery of telephony services. This is another proof point on how we continue to evolve and advance the capabilities of our Hi-FOCuS MSAN offering based on customer and industry needs."

About ECI Telecom
ECI Telecom Ltd. 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 http://www.ecitele.com .

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, commercialization and technological difficulties as well as other risks.

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