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London, June 22, 2010 – Gateway Business, a subsidiary of Vodacom, has announced continued investment in its networks across East and West Africa. Gateway Business selected ECI Telecom, a global provider of networking infrastructure solutions, for the network upgrade on both national and pan-African networks.

ECI’s next generation XDM® multi-service provisioning platform will enable Gateway Business to deliver better node-to-node connection on Gateway’s pan-African network. The platform’s integrated management tools will also be able to carry out easy provisioning, better network protection, monitoring and maintenance for enterprise and wholesale customers.

ECI’s solution is also being used to carry Gateway’s international capacity on SAT3 that currently services the West coast of Africa. This investment is in anticipation of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) due in Nigeria in June 2011. Gateway Business, through its parent Vodacom, is a significant investor in the WACS cable with the right to land its own international capacity in Nigeria.

For SEACOM landing stations, Gateway Business has deployed ECI’s solution to carry the full capacity of its SEACOM network servicing the East coast of Africa. The network upgrade also includes a bond between Gateway’s East and West African networks through its European Backbone, effectively creating a submarine fibre ring network around the African continent.

In Nigeria, Gateway Business is currently upgrading the backbone network for inter-city, inter-state as well as the nationwide protected fibre rings. The investment further supports Gateway’s vision of providing Broadband Wireless Access and Managed Network Services throughout Nigeria. ECI supports Gateway’s vision of promoting advanced telecom solutions in Nigeria and across Africa, through the company’s 1Net framework for network optimisation and migration. With extensive experience in developing markets, ECI is in the premier position to partner with Gateway Business in these projects.

“We are seeing increasing demand for capacity between East and West Africa as carriers respond to business demand,” said Guy Clarke, Managing Director, Gateway Business Nigeria. “As a pan-African business services provider, we continue to make significant investments in our entire network to meet both current and future demand. Nigeria is without doubt Africa’s largest telecoms market and we continue to invest in infrastructure in Nigeria as we build-out our national terrestrial network allowing more business and enterprise customers access to terrestrial services both nationally and internationally. The construction of this network is the first step in realising our vision of being a significant provider of managed network services in the country.”

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