German telco Deutsche Telekom (DT) has chosen ECI Telecom to upgrade its circuit-switched network to all IP-based. The next generation factory (NGF) project will improve network performance and reduce complexity by simplifying the carrier’s architecture, integrating the several platforms currently used, and provide the flexibility necessary for new services through common service capabilities. Jehonatan Neuberger, managing director of ECI Telecom Germany, said: ‘One of ECI’s main value propositions is our ability to partner with our tier 1 customers in understanding their long term requirements in our ever-changing world, and continuously delivering the optimal solutions that respond to their specific needs. ECI’s 1Net framework aligns nicely with DT’s NGF, as it addresses the challenge of network migration with the flexibility, timeliness and cost-effectiveness necessary in today’s world. We are looking forward to partnering with DT in this exciting project.’ ECI will supply its Hi-FOCuS multi-service access node (MSAN), which supports ADSL2+, VDSL2, SHDSL and SIP-based voice services. DT will also deploy ECI’s central office-based F152 and M82 platforms and its M41 outdoor-optimised platform.
In a separate story, DT has launched ‘Videoload’, a free online video-on-demand (VoD) portal. The service will be paid for by advertising, allowing viewers to watch over 600 movies and television series at no cost. The German operator launched Videoload with paid content last year, but DT has decided to introduce a free version alongside its pay offer. The library includes a mixture of English and German language content, including a number of BBC titles.