Juniper Networks and Ericsson MPLS Solution Successfully Deployed to Connect New Zealand's First High-capacity Data and Entertainment Network
Sunnyvale, CA - October 10, 2001 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), a leading provider of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure, and Ericsson Communications today announced that Juniper Networks M-series Internet backbone routers were successfully deployed in TelstraSaturn's newly commissioned, IP backbone network. TelstraSaturn is the first company in New Zealand to deploy a high-bandwidth network allowing seamless delivery of voice and data IP services.
According to analyst firm International Data Corporation, Internet usage and business Internet requirements in New Zealand have grown by 170 percent* in the past four years. This significant increase indicates the potential market for TelstraSaturn's advanced IP service offerings.
"TelstraSaturn's new Juniper Networks-based IP infrastructure system is a first for New Zealand, enabling faster delivery and greater accessibility for its convergent communication and entertainment services. By connecting users over a high-capacity metropolitan area network, we are matching our core network capacity with high-speed, edge access services for our business and consumer customers," said Tony Baird, director of network technology at TelstraSaturn.
Ericsson Communications General Manager, TelstraSaturn account, On-Fai Lam said, "We have designed this new network to bring TelstraSaturn customers the best of both worlds. This is a true next-generation network, but the design ensures that TelstraSaturn customers can seamlessly connect their existing networking equipment. It exploits the economies and scalability of high-speed Ethernet technology, but also has mechanisms to guarantee the quality of real-time, smart IP services, such as voice."
Juniper Networks M160 and M20 Internet backbone routers have already been deployed in TelstraSaturn's national network and are today carrying customer traffic via a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) traffic engineered, STM-16 IP backbone. This network marks the first fully commercial deployment of an STM-16 (2.5 Gigabits per second) IP backbone network in New Zealand. This implementation enables TelstraSaturn to offer the fastest and highest capacity, national Internet access available in New Zealand today, as well as a comprehensive range of value-added, smart IP services, such as virtual private networks.
"This business partnership demonstrates the growing consumer demand for reliable, scalable networks with low operational complexity at both the local and national level, and particularly for the growing Asia-Pacific market. The introduction of Juniper Networks M160 and M20 routers and the smart IP applications offered by TelstraSaturn ensures our mutual customers experience a substantially improved quality and range of business and consumer services," said Martin Claridge, Juniper Networks director, South Asia operations.
* IDC Research, The New Zealand Internet Commerce Market Outlook 1997-2004, 1999.
About TelstraSaturn Limited
TelstraSaturn Ltd is a company merging the New Zealand operations of Telstra Corporation and Austar United Communications, each of whom have 50 percent share holding. As a convergent company, TelstraSaturn offers voice, data, mobile, Internet and cable television services to a mix of business and residential customers in the New Zealand market. The company is currently planning and/or building residential and business networks in Christchurch and Auckland to complement its Wellington network. www.telstrasaturn.co.nz.
About Ericsson Communications
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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 systems provide new IP infrastructure solutions for the world's leading service providers. Juniper Networks service, manufacturing, and IP engineering teams work closely with customers to build and support customer networks. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit the Web site at https://www.juniper.net/.
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