ECI partners WDC Networks to expand Brazilian ISP fibre connectivity using IaaS

Created September 12, 2019
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Supplier of ELASTIC Network® solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and datacentre operators ECI, has partnered with value-added distributor WDC Networks to better serve Brazilian Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The partnership is designed to enable ISPs throughout the country to use optical technology deliver affordable, high-speed broadband to regions and rural communities which have been historically underserved.

ECI notes that in countries like Brazil, with its expansive size and uneven terrain, rural communities and peripheral locations remain underserved. This has presented an opportunity for hundreds of smaller ISPs.  According to the country’s national telecommunications agency – Anatel – regional ISPs already provide connectivity to more than 1,500 communities, which is over half of the country’s broadband connections.

The new partners aim to couple ECI’s next-generation, scalable solutions with WDC Networks’ service, expertise and market reach to enable regional ISPs to leverage their extensive fibre infrastructure investments and extend the availability of affordable, high-speed broadband.

“We’ve noticed a significant change in our country’s demand as more communities look to their ISPs for more reliable coverage. Something the Tier 1 operators are struggling to provide,” said Vanderlei Rigatieri, WDC Networks CEO. “In those cases, we’ve developed an innovative Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. By working with ECI, we are able to offer more flexible payment plans: up to 60 monthly, incremental payments, to smaller ISPs operating on limited resources, which allows them to grow while helping our country to thrive. And as ECI continues to expand across South America, we know that we’ve found a reliable partner who not only understands our challenges, but can help us meet our future goals.”

“We strive to be the supplier of choice for any customer looking for a flexible solution that can seamlessly expand and grow with demand. And we are excited to work with WDC Networks to provide smaller, regional ISPs throughout Brazil, with a clear path toward reliable connectivity,” added Fabio Rangel, VP Sales LATAM at ECI. “By leveraging ECI’s open, modular and scalable Apollo optical networking systems, WDC Networks’ customers can easily choose from a variety of services and platforms to meet their changing needs.”

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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.