ECI and Horsebridge to Deploy FTTH in Westminster

  • ECI Telecom
  • Horsebridge Network Systems
PETACH TIKVAH, ISRAEL - ECI Telecom, a global provider of next-generation network solutions, has been selected by Horsebridge Network Systems as their technology partners in the rollout of an advanced FTTH project in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

ECI's I-OLT supports any FTTx architecture and any service mix across any fiber technology. The platform reduces financial and technological risks, through a common solution for both residential and business applications. ECI, which has been present in the British market since 1990, has been one of the pioneers of broadband access solutions, including xDSL, vectoring and FTTx technology deployed around the world, helping close the digital divide.


  • Horsebridge will install high-speed fiber optic communications in more than 22,000 homes in the City of Westminster over the next three years. This GPON infrastructure will enable the delivery of digital television, high speed internet, and voice services.

  • The City of Westminster occupies an area of 21.5 km(2), and is home to 220,000 people. It is located in central London, and many of the most significant tourist, economic and political sites associated with London are within the City's limits.

  • ECI and Horsebridge will deploy the I-OLT, a highly flexible and versatile platform optimized for any FTTx architecture, and supporting GPON, active Ethernet and full traffic aggregation capabilities.

  • ECI's solution is particularly attractive to municipalities who are looking to bridge the digital divide with FTTH solutions, and would like to offer their residents advanced television, cable, data and voice services. ECI has recently been selected to deploy its solutions at additional municipalities in Eastern and Western Europe.
    ECI and Horsebridge have been working together for the past five years, delivering next-generation access and transport networks for several projects in the United Kingdom.

  • Horsebridge has setup a new company called Community Fibre Ltd. that will provide TV, broadband and telephony services to Westminster's residents.

"Currently, more than one in four of our tenants do not have access to the internet at home. I welcome the first phase of this new initiative as it furthers my commitment to addressing digital deprivation in the city, and will improve the lives of our residents, said Jonathan Glanz, Westminster city council's cabinet member for housing. "The households taking part will be able to gain free access to a range of government websites. Boosting the availability of services to our residents will transform many lives and bolster employment opportunities. We intend to roll out Community Fiber's service across all of our homes so that all of our residents will have access to the Internet, which is increasingly important in this digital age."


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