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ECI Telecom and Chiaro Networks Enter Strategic Partnership

Includes Exclusive Distribution Agreement and Investment

PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL & RICHARDSON, TX | December 2, 2021   ECI Telecom Ltd. (NASDAQ: ECIL), a global provider of advanced telecommunications solutions to leading carriers and service providers, and Chiaro Networks, a developer of true carrier infrastructure-class IP/MPLS routing platforms, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership. As Chiaro's partner, ECI will exclusively distribute Chiaro's Enstara(TM) IP/MPLS platform worldwide and is also taking part in Chiaro's funding.
"As our customers move toward next-generation Ethernet and IP/MPLS-based networks, ECI is expanding its data capabilities and further complementing its broadband and optical product portfolio by providing innovative, competitive migration solutions," said Doron Inbar, ECI's president and chief executive officer. "Our strategic partnership with Chiaro will further enhance our overall IP competence, enabling ECI to provide important additional elements in response to our customers' needs as they fulfill their own Ethernet/IP network visions. Our decision to partner with Chiaro followed specific indications from several ECI customers on the initial fit and need of Chiaro's Enstara platform in their networks."

Chiaro's ultra high-availability Enstara IP/MPLS platform allows telecommunications carriers to consolidate multiple existing networks into a single, simpler network that offers greater operational efficiency, increased scalability and significant cost advantages. Chiaro's innovative technology enables a converged network that supports emerging services by improving the reliability and performance of IP/MPLS networks.

"ECI's reputation for high-quality technology and service, and the company's established relationships with leading carriers worldwide, catapults us forward in the core IP/MPLS router market," said Ken Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Chiaro Networks. "This strategic partnership provides great assurance for our customers and gives us immediate access to new markets."

In addition to the distribution agreement, ECI is providing $6 million in financing to Chiaro while also receiving an option to acquire the company at a later time.  


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