Network Transformation - Not as Scary as It Sounds

Sponsored by: ECI Telecom

Focused on:

  • Network
  • Infrastructure
  • Communication
  • Utilities

Date: 17 March


Time: 3PM London/11AM New York

How to Use the Inevitable Change in Network Infrastructure to Your Benefit

Communication networks face inevitable modernization. The utilities sector is no different. These changes are driven by a number of factors such as technology advancement, smart grid implementation, new regulatory requirements and new business models.

The difference between the utilities sector and 'others' lies in their 'mission critical' status, as they provide essential services to millions. In the transition to new network architectures and protocols, the big question is: How can utilities migrate their mission critical networks without compromising on reliability, resilience and strict performance attributes? Moreover, in this day of cyber warfare, how can utilities fortify their networks to prevent and mitigate possible attacks at the very heart of their networks? As with any change, there are opportunities as well as challenges; however, for utilities there is no room for mistakes, they must get it right the first time.

In this webinar we will review the challenges as well as the opportunities that affect the utilities in their migration from traditional SDH/SONET networks to next generation networks. The webinar will focus on pertinent issues that will define utility communications infrastructures in the coming years:

  • Can next generation networks provide the same predictable and guaranteed performance?

  • What are the steps that must be taken now to correctly migrate your current infrastructure, so that it is scalable to meet future requirements while paying only for what you need today?

  • With all the cyber warfare and hacking going on, how to build networks that are open on one hand, but secure on the other?

  • Last but not least, we will see how utilities can leverage upon their infrastructure and right of way to gain new revenues sources.

ECI has proven track record in migrating utility communication networks around the world. In this webinar we will share with you some of our success stories and experiences, which we have accumulated in our 50 years of operation. Come join us in a webinar you cannot afford to miss. Whether you are a transport engineer, IT professional or business executive, this webinar will provide you with answers to your most pertinent questions.

Presented by

Jonathan Homa,

Director of Portfolio Marketing

Jonathan is responsible for communicating how ECI's products translate into valuable networking solutions that address current and anticipated future business needs. His telecom experience covers the full range of data, voice, optical and mobile networks, and operational support systems. Previous positions include Vice President Architecture Marketing at Nortel Networks, and Vice President Business Development at Xtellus, a Wavelength Selective Switching startup. He served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Multiservice Switching Forum. For the benefit of his many international colleagues, Jonathan authored an e-book, "Off the Top of My Head - 300 American Workplace Idioms for People Who Speak English as a Second Language," that he will be glad to send to anyone on request.

Gil Epshtein,

Sr. Manager Product Marketing

Gil Epshtein is a Sr. product marketing manager at ECI, responsible for its carrier Ethernet and packet transport product lines. He holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry working closely with system vendors and operators around the world. Prior to joining ECI, Gil worked for Teledata Communications, Tadiran Telecom, White Cell and Metalink.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Key challenges and opportunities for utilities in network modernization
  • How to shift to packet optical networks while retaining complete control and performance
  • How to ensure comprehensive security in an age of open networks
  • How can you leverage your strengths and new network abilities to benefit from new revenues stream


  • Planning Engineers
  • Network Architects
  • Transport Engineers
  • IT Professionals
  • Head of IT
  • Head of Planning
  • Head of Network Architect
  • Head of Network Operations