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).