Why Are Orders up 25% at ECI Telecom?


During the presidential inauguration yesterday, I was on a call with Laura Howard the CMO of ECI Telecom where I learned her company grew 25% on order intake growth from last year. This may surprise you as the company competes with Nortel on a few fronts. I asked Howard about where the growth was – what regions of the world and how the company changed its business model to make this happen. Hint – managed services didn’t hurt.

We further discussed what is happening with spending among CLECs, cable companies and tier one service providers. Other hot topics included fiber and Carrier Ethernet markets. NGN was another area of discussion and on the call we learn what ECI has done in these spaces and where they have focused their efforts.

She has some incredible market research to share on where the global bandwidth growth is and will be. China 3G networks are just one example.

In addition, we get to hear what Howard thinks about the demise of Nortel and the broadband stimulus plan proposed by Barack Obama.

The podcast is long but full of important details and trends such as the growth potential for carrier’s carriers and utilities.

I hope you enjoy it.

  • Sandra Vincent
    February 17, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Monday, February 16, 2009
    Can you Please Help me find a way to save the house my daughter left behind with my son-in-law after losing her battle with Breast cancer..
    My name is Sandra Vincent; I am originally from York , Pa. but now I reside in Richardson , TX . ( 1603 Woodoak Dr. Richardson TX 75082 ) I am 66 years of age; my only income is Social Security. I have no savings of any kind and no other retirement income. I am trying to save a house I share with my son-in-law after losing my daughter to cancer a few years back.
    I know this is a long shot but I thought I would reach out to others and see if there are any options for buying a little more time until other means like funds and or options might become available. I realize the likelihood of receiving any help might not be there but I thought I would try. This house was very dear to my daughter and son-in-law.
    Some History;
    I moved to Dallas to be with my daughter, I no longer had work and the last remaining member of my family, my sister, passed away, so I packed up and moved and hoped to start a new life in Dallas.
    Everything was going well, I found a job shortly after coming to Dallas, bought a new car and lived with my daughter in her apartment. Michelle was working two jobs and going to school. Michelle was dating a man named Allen who she was very fond of, he found a really good job working in IT Telecom Helpdesk for J. C. Penney in their corporate office and after her graduation they talked of marriage and wanted to get a house big enough for all 3 of us, because we all got along quite well.
    Michelle was a Navy Seabee/carpenter for 5 years so she wanted a fixer upper with hopes of getting married and having a family. Michelle found this house in Richardson , TX , and she loved it and thought it would be a good place to start. However, although they started a lot of repair projects, such as painting, ceiling fans, some new doors, cutting down trees etc. all seemed to slow down to a halt when Michelle discovered she had breast cancer. I thought maybe she had a good chance of surviving as I am a breast cancer survivor myself of over 20 years.
    The doctors she worked with gave her a very poor outcome, so my soon to be son-in-law Allen started researching Cancer on the internet in order to buy her more time. Nothing was working, Michelle had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and than a mastectomy removing the right breast. Another small surgery to remove even more cancer, numerous rounds of radiation to no avail. The cancer became metastatic moving to the bones and spine. Michelle was spending quite a bit of time in the hospital while Allen and I and other church people kept vigilance at her bedside. Long story short, Michelle was labeled terminal and told she should get her affairs in order. My son in law found an experimental treatment http://www.IPTQ.com the treatment held a lot of promise with hope of managing the cancer or at least buying her more time.
    Atlanta Georgia was closer then Mexico, Michelle’s cancer was now spreading to her face and shoulder and lower back so after some fellowship and prayer Michelle decided to try Atlanta and did OK the first few days, but the guy treating her was deceptive in his skills and grossly overdosed her on Methyltrexate. Because of the overdose Michelle suffered with failed kidneys, septic shock and passed away of congestive heart failure on Christmas Day a few years ago. It was like a horrible nightmare for me and my son-in-law who felt guilty or responsible because he was the one who found this nut.
    My son-in-law and I were both at the hospital, my son-in-law begged the doctors to keep trying and she was revived 4-5 times to no avail; Michelle passed away at 3:20 AM Christmas morning. It was hard for both of us to return back to the house with all the projects that were started by my daughter. Allen ended up on many meds, with side effects as well as accidently over dosing on them. He did try to return to work but he couldn’t deal with the grief and guilt he felt along with some of the co-workers who bullied him and others. He lost his job and has had a very difficult time trying to find work since; he has been hospitalized several times at places like Green Oaks, Baylor, and Medical City etc, and is mentally and emotionally disabled still. He has been trying to continue the work on the house in memory of my daughter, while looking for work while being under psychiatric care, being treated for PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression, etc.
    At Present;
    Currently, Allen was just approved for SSDI, but we are behind on the mortgage almost 8+ months and Wells Fargo is threatening to start the foreclosure process on us after April 1st which can happen in 20-30 days, Wells Fargo told us they would do a loan modification after the moratorium time if we could bring more money into the house but now they won’t.
    We were told to catch up the late payments in full, (12,274.22). I took an early retirement because of health issues. I have been basically taking care of Allen and in so doing, have used up all my funds, maxed out every Credit Card, hoping that I would find work or Allen would get well and find and keep work also. None of which happened although, he was told he would start to receive SSDI some time in March. There are days Allen is too depressed to get up out of bed and other days he seems to do better and works on the house trying to finish whatever he starts however, if someone or something upsets him he is back in bed, in a very depressed state for days.
    The house still needs many repairs, wiring problems in the attic, no insulation, and the roof leaks and needs replacing, no yard, no fence, Inside flooring is bad and more. Allen has no one and we both have no where to go. Allen created documentation for the Dallas County Appraisal office which has kept the house low on taxes based on the condition. The only way to survive is to find some way to get the house paid off or at least a loan modification that would drop the payment and interest down and attach the back payments on the end.
    Employment Options;
    Allen has sent out thousands of resumes to no avail. Allen and I have been to many job fairs to no avail. The few who have called, told both of us they have so many applying that they have a long list of qualifying questions such as; Good Credit, recent work history and experience, Active up to date Certifications, Retail and more. I have witnessed Allen on the phone begging for a chance to work no luck. Allen did try and get his job back at Penney’s which ended up in the Sherman Federal court house with hopes of clearing his name and getting his job back, but to no avail, although there was a settlement and he did help to expose and get rid of some of the bad stuff and people.
    (See – Civil Action No. 4:05CV238)
    Allen has expressed interest in Writing and making short films – documentaries’ out of the house but I don’t know if he could make any money with that type of work or not. I was hoping to get some type of work as I guess it’s the worst time to hunt work, considering the economy, and the fact that I no longer could pay my bills, my Credit rating is so low that it is now, I believe, preventing me from getting work.
    Seeking other help;
    Allen and I have tried many Charities and organizations to get help, have gotten help with food but they can only do so much. I have always paid all my bills, always had a job, and provided for my children and I am not used to being this destitute. I want to stay in the house; I have a few pets, one of which was my daughter’s Rat Terrier named Sassy. With my present financial situation, I probably couldn’t find other housing because of income and credit. I really need to keep this house and not be homeless. Allen has called Wells Fargo Countless times begging them for more time or some type of Loan Modification etc. but they won’t work with him with his SSDI and my Social Security now.
    Again, our only way out at present is to get out from under the mortgage; I might mention we are in an upside down situation with the mortgage. The appraised value of the house is more than it could sell for, so getting rid of the house is impossible and if we did, we would not have any money left to move anywhere else. With no mortgage payment or at least a loan modification I believe we might have a chance to stay in the home my daughter loved. I am still actively seeking work but to no avail at present.
    We have several small dogs and birds that help keep both Allen and I from going nuts, they are like children and to lose one of them would be very hard. I realize this is a long letter, but I had to give you some background to show you that I have been trying to stay afloat, but I am now drowning. I have no family to help with anything. If you know of anything more that I can do or any other programs that will help me survive this situation, please let me know ASAP. The house in an FHA, 30 Year Fixed loan, at 6.5%, monthly payment amount of around $1230.00, and payoff of around $135,000 counting the 12,274.22 late payments. Allen has been talking with the Wells Fargo Corporate office – Matthew Heil, 515-324-2360 who has told him there is nothing he can do.
    If you desire anymore information of any kind, or need to send paper work to be filled out, please write me at reaxe@yahoo.com or mail to: Sandra L. Vincent, P. O. Box 852094 , Richardson , TX 75085-0294 – 972.234.9351
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Sandra L. Vincent – Allen Wynn
    Michelle’s testimony, just moments before her baptism.
    I share with you today, as briefly as possible, my calling from the Lord. I have had what you would call a “Wake-up call”. I have always believed in God, but until this time that belief has held no meaning – who was He, and what was I to do? I never really pursued the answers until now. I always thought that being a good person who never meant to hurt anyone or anything intentionally was all that was needed to get to heaven. Oh, how wrong I was!
    I have to say that I have thought about whether my getting sick was punishment for my fleshly past and disbelief. But then I realized that in my past I was completely ignorant of God, so how could I hold myself responsible for not knowing I needed to live with the divine Light inside me? And even though this illness could take my body at any time, I am at peace with it because I know that the Lord has given this suffering to me – not as a punishment, but as an awakening for starting my quest for the Kingdom. I have now been born of God and mature I must, as quickly as possible. I realize that I may not finish my quest for the Kingdom before my flesh is taken. But again I am at peace because I know that even 1000 years of outer darkness with all of its sufferings will be a small price to pay for the eternity that awaits me.
    A dear friend introduced me to the saints here in Irving about 6 months ago, and from the very first meeting I felt a fellowship that I have never felt before. To be honest it was a bit weird and made me a little uncomfortable. But after speaking with some brothers and especially some sisters, who are now my dear friends, I’ve realized that being uncomfortable was ok. I’ve learned a lot from them and the meetings, and have received a new way of looking at my life and my world.
    Suddenly my things are not really important anymore, and the little issues, problems, etc., that come about every day are no longer bothersome. I’ve learned that the big things that happen to me are not necessarily my only means of gaining the Lord inwardly. They are an opportunity to do so, but hopefully the big things are few and far between. It is the little things that happen everyday that are my big opportunities to gain Christ, because they are constant.
    I’ve learned that to walk with our Father in the Kingdom, all I have to do is ask Him in prayer. I know that I’m expected to fail, and fail I have, and that’s ok, because by failing I’m just given another opportunity to gain Him in asking Him for forgiveness. And on those rare days when no little or big things occur, I just pray and thank Him for a wonderful day.
    As I was writing this, and reading it, and re-reading to be sure it contains all I wanted to say, I realized again how very simple it is to gain the Lord. Then I wondered how anything so gracious, glorious and rewarding could be so easy – BUT I’m not questioning it. This reminded me of a young brother who shared a few weeks back on a Lord’s Day that he didn’t know why a mathematical equation worked in calculus; he just knew that it did and relied on it. That’s kind of what I’ve gotten out of how easy it is to gain the Lord.
    All of this is adding up to something very special: Today I am going to be baptized, and I have my family and friends here to witness and celebrate this occasion with me. Today is the day that I kick Satan to the curb. He no longer has a hold over me, because I know that whatever may come my way, I can handle it because I have the Lord, my Savior and Friend, on my side, and that with all the support I have from my brothers and sisters, and from my family and friends, I won’t be able to lose for trying. So with that said, I say, “Bring it On!” I’m ready to make the most out of every opportunity I’m given towards my quest for the New Jerusalem.
    As I get baptized today I want to thank the saints for taking me by the hand and helping me to see that it’s ok to be human as long as I live with the divine life inside me. It is now my responsibility to live each day using my new awareness of prayer and the consciousness of the Lord within me, because thanks to the Father, my ignorance of Him no longer exists.

  • James Morgan - Puritan Financial Advisor
    August 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I can handle it because I have the Lord, my Savior and Friend, on my side, and that with all the support I have from my brothers and sisters, and from my family and friends, I won’t be able to lose for trying.

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