Network & Systems

Network & Systems

Network Overview

ECN operates a converged next generation network over a number of mediums including copper, fibre and microwave. ECN has opted not to build its own network, but rather to lease network capacity from the incumbent operators. ECN’s focus is on providing leading-edge services via its IP-based NGN. The objective being to provide our customers with a next-generation “one network many services approach” as opposed to a legacy TDM “one network one service” design.

Switching Network

ECN has bilateral interconnect agreements in place with Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. in order to terminate all call types and route all inbound calls.

Core / Access Network

ECN’s core national network comprises of fibre that is entirely leased from multiple providers, typically on five year contracts. ECN foresees a sharp increase in the availability of dark fibre in South Africa and believes that new technologies such as DWDM will significantly increase capacity leading to a decline in prices over the next few years.