ECI and Sprint deploy network for Polish municipality

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Optical systems company ECI has deployed a greenfield network in Sosnowiec, Poland, in partnership with local systems integrator and operator Sprint S.A.

The network in Sosnowiec is based on ECI’s family of packet-optical transport systems which combine high performance and low latency with maximum efficiency. ECI’s products provide an end-to-end solution for all services (Layers 1 - 3), all of which are managed simply and intuitively by ECI's, LightSOFT network management system.

The $5.6 million project is part of a larger project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund called Development of Information Society in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie - Municipality Sosnowiec, 2007-2013. The project included the construction and organisation of a fibre-optic network, an IP-MPLS backbone, an access network and a network management centre.

The project will ultimately provide local government and police infrastructures, academic institutions and public institutions such as hospitals, sports arenas and cultural and arts centres, with broadband services such as internet access, IP telephony, video conferencing, e-commerce, e-education, e-government, e-health, and video monitoring.

‘We selected ECI's packet-optical solution because they are industry-proven with an impressive track record. In addition, the company has an excellent reputation for service. This has been a wonderful first project together. ECI not only met expectations, they exceeded them. We look forward to working on many more projects together,’ said Marek Kaminski, president of the Board from Sprint S.A.

Christian Erbe, head of municipality, utility and government sector for ECI EMEA, added: ‘We were honoured that among the many choices it had, Sprint S.A. chose to partner with ECI to deliver a cost effective and dependable end-to-end solution to Sosnowiec. This is ECI's first project in Poland. It is a privilege to be part of such an important initiative, one that will positively impact the lives of millions. Much in line with ECI's Elastic Network vision, we know that as the need for capacity, speed and security continue to grow throughout the EU, ECI will be there to help its customers to adapt to future telecommunications requirements, seamlessly, flexibly and cost effectively.’

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