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GTE Internetworking Selects Juniper Networks M160 Router for OC-192c/STM-64 Pilot

Mountain View, CA - March, 28, 2000 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:JNPR), a leading provider of next-generation IP infrastructure systems, today announced that GTE Internetworking (GTEI), a unit of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE), plans to deploy new Juniper Networks M160 Internet backbone routers with OC-192c/STM-64 interfaces on part of its next-generation OC-192c/STM-64 network.

To meet GTEI's goal of expanding capacity while creating an open, multiservice core, the M160 routers will interoperate with advanced Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) equipment and the installed base of routers currently deployed in GTEI's 17,000 mile fiber optic network. Each of the M160 routers will aggregate several OC-48/STM-16 and OC-12/STM-4 links onto GTEI's first OC-192c/STM-64 trunks.

"Our next-generation network will ensure GTEI will outpace the exploding demand for bandwidth from our business customers," said Steve Blumenthal, senior vice president, engineering and technology at GTEI. "We evaluated several routers in our search for technically innovative solutions to make our next-generation network a reality. We selected the Juniper Networks M160 router for its performance, interoperability with our existing equipment, compatibility with our next-generation technology architecture, and seamless integration into our network."

The M160 is the first router to support OC-192c/STM-64 circuits with wire-rate packet forwarding, handling an aggregate bandwidth of 160 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with packet forwarding rates of 160 million packets per second (Mpps). Since each OC-192c/STM-64 interface connects to a clear channel 10 Gbps circuit, carriers like GTEI can simplify capacity planning and administration of their rapidly growing networks.

"We are very pleased that GTE Internetworking has selected our newest addition to the Juniper Networks family of routers, the M160 Internet backbone router, with the industry's first and only wire-rate OC-192c/STM-64 interfaces. The M160 router supports multiple IP-based services with full performance and standard implementations that will enable GTEI to add to the services it offers its customers," noted Scott Kriens, chief executive officer and president of Juniper Networks.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of purpose-built systems that meet the scalability, performance, density, and compatibility requirements of rapidly evolving, optically enabled IP networks. The company's purpose-built systems provide new IP infrastructure solutions for the world's leading service providers. Juniper Networks service, manufacturing teams, and IP engineers work closely with customers to build and support customer networks. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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