ECI: TDM is still king

ECI believes that while IP and Ethernet are telecom's latest trend, TDM is still quite in fashion. Proof of that statement is seen in the Israeli-based company's newest Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP), the XDM-3000, which offers carriers 240 Gbps of TDM capacity. The product is finding an audience from service providers in emerging markets such as India and Russia that require more capacity to backhaul TDM-based mobile networks, but aren't using packet-based networks due to the low penetration of wireless data. In a recent Light Reading article, Gil Epshtein, ECI's senior product marketing manager, said that "in India, for example, a lot of the expansion is related to simple voice calls, not data services."

Despite taking pride in its TDM capabilities, ECI is not ignoring the service provider's growing interest in Ethernet. ECI touts the XDM-3000 as a transitional product that allows service providers to migrate to Ethernet with line cards that support Ethernet with on-board switches. ECI's message is already resonating with the carrier community. Russian-based carrier Synterra said it will leverage ECI's XDM-3000 to handle both Ethernet and TDM-based services it provides to its corporate and wholesale carrier customers.

For more:
- see the ECI release here
- Light Reading has this analysis

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