ECI Telecom

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Industry Networking Hardware
Founded 1961
Headquarters Petah Tikva, Israel
Products Transport, Carrier Ethernet, SDN/NFV Solutions, Network Management Systems, Services

ECI Telecom Ltd delivers comprehensive networking solutions to service providers around the globe. ECI was founded in 1961 as a manufacturer of advanced telecommunications equipment. The company provides, next generation packet optical transport products, a variety of SDN/NFV applications, a comprehensive cyber security solution and a full range of professional services.

Today it serves carriers and service providers in various sectors: cable/multiple system operators, wireless/cellular service providers, utilities, carrier of carriers, data centers, government and defense entities worldwide.

The focus is on providing end to end solutions for multi-play services, business services, voice services, cellular backhaul, utelco and network security.

ECI has over 1,700 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. 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. Since that time, ECI has undergone a number of mergers and acquisitions, most recently an acquisition in 2007 by the Swarth Group and the Ashmore Group, private equity firms, making ECI a private company once again.[1]

The company is well known for innovation.[citation needed] The list of achievements include:

  • The telephone line doubler (1977),
  • HDSL (1993),
  • Optical ring-based networks (2000),
  • Toll-quality voice over IP (VoIP)(2002),
  • Coarse wavelength division multiplexing (2003),
  • 10-degree 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),
  • First to introduce MW links & packet convergence (2011),
  • First to introduce 100G coherent links with SD-FEC (2012),
  • Raman-EDFA Amplifier for 100G coherent optical links (2013),
  • Launched 1 Terabit trials (2014),
  • Introduced innovative SDN/NFV solutions based on industry leading Apollo Optical and NPT solution (2015).

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