ECI Telecom

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Industry Networking Hardware
Founded 1961
Headquarters Petah Tikva, Israel
Products Transport, Carrier Ethernet, Broadband Access, Network Management Systems, Services

ECI Telecom Ltd is a telecommunication networking product provider headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel. It provides communications products and services to carriers and service providers, cable/multiple system operators, wireless/cellular service providers, utilities and carrier of carriers, and government and defense entities worldwide. The company focuses on solutions for multi-play services, business services, voice services, wireless, cellular backhaul, optical networking, Carrier Ethernet networks, TDM to Ethernet evolution, migration to all IP, network security, carrier of carriers and wavelength services.

ECI has over 2,500 employees, offices in more than 20 countries and development centers in India, China, and Israel.


The company was founded as the Electronics Corporation of Israel in 1961 for the purpose of manufacturing advanced electronic equipment. It specialized in telephone transmission products that manipulated the signals carried on telephone lines. The Electronics Corporation of Israel became ECI Telecom in 1981, and had its first trading on NASDAQ in 1982. The company became ECI Telecom Ltd. in 1984. Since that time, ECI has undergone a number of mergers and acquisitions, most recently an acquisition in 2007 by Swarth Group, a private equity group, making ECI a private company once again.[1] In addition to the telephone line doubler (1977), recent achievements for the company include HDSL (1993), optical ring-based networks (2000), toll-quality Voice over IP (2002), coarse wavelength division multiplexing (2003), 10-degree reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (2007), the first Carrier Ethernet switch/router built with a transport mindset (2008), Dynamic Spectrum Management Level 3 (2009) and Network Design Platform (2009).


Transport – Multi-service provisioning and transport platforms from access to core, supporting legacy TDM/packet technology to IP/MPLS functionality, fully integrated with WDM/ROADM optics.

Carrier Ethernet – Carrier-grade metro transport and IP/MPLS solutions and platforms.

Broadband Access – Multi-service access nodes for broadband access delivery of voice, video and data.

Network Management – Unified network management for end-to-end metro access to long haul provisioning.

Services – Network lifecycle services including network planning and design, implementation and integration, maintenance, optimization and operations. Managed services sourcing strategies and end-to-end turnkey programs.


In July 2010, Infonetics Research validated ECI’s top position in the Indian transmission market, with 25% share of the country’s metro optical network hardware market.

Also in 2010, ECI's 9710 Carrier Ethernet switch/router (CESR) platform was named a 2009 Product of the Year by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC).

As part of the iSMART Consortium, ECI was a Light Reading 2009 Top Pick, Telecom Software (EMEA), for Dynamic Spectrum Management Level 3 (DSM L3), which aims to extend the useful life of copper networks for high-speed broadband. Top Picks are the communications technologies, services and products that Light Reading’s editors think best indicate where the communications industry is headed in the next 12 months.[2]

ECI’s 9700 Series of Carrier Ethernet switch/routers won Light Reading’s Leading Lights Award for the 2008 ‘Best New Product’ category.

Also in 2008, ECI also led the transport segment in Russia, according to leading market research company Frost & Sullivan.

ECI’s Hi-FOCuS multi-service access node (MSAN) was named the top central office access platform in 2008 by Current Analysis, based on five major buying criteria: scalability, standards, capacity, QoS support and pricing.

Frost & Sullivan awarded ECI the 2008 Global Product Differentiation Innovation Award for IPTV access infrastructure.

India’s leading telecom magazine, Voice & Data, ranked ECI as the top transmission vendor in India for four years in a row (2006–2009).

ECI is one of the leaders in the access infrastructure IPTV market, according to MRG Research.

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