PETACH TIKVA, Israel, November 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions, for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data centers operators, announced today that is has been selected as a finalist in this year's Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition, a carrier-reviewed awards program from the publisher of FierceWireless, FierceTelecomandFierceCable. ECI was recognized as a finalist in the category of Core Networking. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141117/158923LOGO ) ECI was selected as a finalist for its innovative, industry leading product, the Apollo 9900 series of high capacity, multi-layer switching platforms specifically suited for Core Networks. Finalists' applications were reviewed by an exclusive panel of executives from major telecommunications companies including Verizon, TeliaSonera, Comcast, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Full profiles of the judges can be found at https://www.fierceinnovationawards.com/telecom/2016#our_judges. All applications were evaluated based on the following criteria: effectiveness, ease of use/ ROI, true innovation and end-user impact. "We are excited to be recognized by Fierce Innovation Awards' distinguished panel of judges. The 9900 series of OTN core switches was developed with the understanding that service providers are both looking for the best combination of resilient technology, small footprint and low power consumption, as well as platforms with an inherent evolutionary path into the new world of SDN/NFV enabled networks," said Jimmy Mizrachi, EVP Global Portfolio at ECI. Mr. Mizrachi continued, "As traffic from the network edge continues to grow - thanks to cloud services, video streaming, and 4G/5G mobile technologies - the pressure on the core network is multiplied. Service providers want to ensure that the core networking investments they make today will continue to serve them for many years. In this fluctuating business environment, the core network must be treated as a strategic asset."