ECI, A2D Partner to Improve Access in Underserved Communities

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PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL and ATLANTA — ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and data center operators, and A2D, an open access competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) that is building a terabit, open access fiber network in Georgia announced a partnership.

The partnership facilitates A2D implementations of service provider neutral fiber networks within distressed areas, improving connectivity and enabling citizens to leverage the network to stimulate economic development and improve social services via telehealth, distance learning, workforce training and smart utility access.

Serving the Public Sector
A2D utilizes ECI solutions to build and operate private networks for school districts, city governments and municipal government authorities such as water works and transportation systems. Led by ECI's Apollo family of optical transport and switching platforms and the Neptune line of packet systems with integrated optics, all managed under ECI's user friendly network managements system.

"As a carrier, we sought a tested and proven software defined, layer 2/3 platform that was scalable, yet cost efficient. We needed a platform that could work reliably in both clean, high-tech data centers, as well as in the most caustic field environments, without sacrificing scalability and operational efficiency," said Antwon Alsobrook, CEO of A2D. "ECI was willing to dedicate the necessary technical support and R&D resources to tailor their existing and future platforms to meet our bandwidth intensive network needs. When it came to choosing a technology partner, we felt confident joining forces with ECI."

Effectively Addressing Underserved Communities
"We have worked with A2D over the last year to develop and supply integrated co-solutions that address underserved community needs in a cost-effective, yet robust way," said Jeff Parow, VP sales North America at ECI. "A2D's solutions in education, government and other demanding markets benefit from always-on, robust, and efficient solutions. The partnership has been extremely successful, and we look forward to seeing our work with A2D have lasting impacts on both rural and urban communities."


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