Shipping vectored DSLAMs to Latin America carrier. Only a few thousand customers around the world have vectored service but the results are promising. Ariel Caner and Danny Benchaim of ECI tell me essentially all major international bids today require vectoring capabilities. If the boxes are close enough to customers, they easily deliver the 100 megabit speeds the EU has set as a 2020 target. The extra hardware to vector is primarily a dedicated processor or two. As competition develops the per line premium for double-speed vectored gear will become small. It makes sense to future-proof even if vectoring isn't a near term offering.
Israeli company ECI is supplying many of the DSLAMs for British Telecom. Even without vectoring BT is selling "up to 40 meg" and even "up to 80 meg" and by being careful where they sell it have generally delivered closed to the promised speeds. ECI was reluctant to name the Brazilian customer buying vector ready gear.
Benchaim of ECI was enthusiastic about DSLAM sales as carriers upgrade to the new technologies. ECI thrived for years as the preferred vendor at France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, outcompeting national champions Alcatel and Siemens for many of the DSLAM orders. They were among the first to upgrade DSLAMs to be effectively non-blocking and BT's Paul Reynolds pointed them out to me in 2003 as a technical leader. They offer field units efficient enough that it can be powered by existing phone company copper links. Power is a crucial cost factor, because many existing field cabinets do not have a mains power electrical connection.
Vectoring in England faces a tough regulatory battle because if not done carefully competitors will be squeezed. Similar fears are relevant and need to be addressed in Germany, France and Poland.
Any reader willing to give me an off the record briefing on Brazil/Latin American DSL market? I hear from many exciting things are happening but there isn't much reported in English. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if we can do a call.
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ECI is not immune to the struggles of equipment vendors. They just laid off 200 of their 3,000 employees. CEO Rafi Maor explains to Globes http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000745418&;fid=1725
"The global communications market is undergoing a dramatic change and is influenced by the current global economic situation, and the aggressive entry of giant Chinese companies that have created a new level of low prices in the industry and as a direct result a model of business activities with low profitability. In the past year, we began to see signs of recovery and ECI revenue rose 15%
There is no alternative but to take streamlining steps and transfer part of our operations to regions with the competitive costs supported in the Negev, India and China."