ECI, GE Join Forces to Offer Unified Networking Solution for Modern Utility Networks

ECI, GE Join Forces to Offer Unified Networking Solution for Modern Utility Networks Image Credit: Volff/Bigstockphoto.com

ECI and GE are teaming up to provide customers with an end-to-end, unified networking solution for whichever technology they require: optical, MPLS-TP or IP/MPLS, or TDM for modern utility networks.

Through this collaboration, GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business can scale its solutions with ECI’s Apollo optical family or Neptune family with Elastic MPLS, which supports both MPLS-TP and IP/MPLS on the same network element. As part of a joint solution, ECI also will offer GE’s JunglePAX MPLS-TP solution to its global customers to address areas of critical communications requiring industrial hardened, fanless and optimized packet transport modes to critical OT application performance. Interoperability between the two product lines is already under way, with future differentiation planned. Moreover, customers will be able to combine ECI and GE maintenance agreements under one entity for first line support.

Utilities traditionally have managed their IT and OT networks as separate sub-networks. Over the years, however, various challenges required utilities to rethink their Information and Communication Technology (ICT). 

Chris Trabold, Product Line Leader and GM, Industrial Communications, GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions Business
As utilities face new challenges and embrace new technologies, we understand just how critical it is to minimize disruption while modernizing.

Fernando Valdivielso, Global VP of Sales and Marketing, ECI
ECI has been serving critical infrastructure customers around the globe for more than 50 years with our flexible technologies, and we believe this recent partnership with GE will allow us to work with a wide range of utility customers in new geographies.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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