Siemens and Juniper Networks Supply Broadband Solution to FastWeb for Its Digital Television Solution
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 14, 2004 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today announced that FastWeb, Italy's leading alternative broadband telecommunications company, has awarded Siemens Information and Communication Networks (ICN) a contract to extend its broadband network. Siemens ICN will supply its multicast capable multi-service platform SURPASS hiX 5300 and the E-series routers from Juniper Networks Inc. for video services over xDSL.
FastWeb is a pioneer in the implementation of breakthrough technological solutions over fibre optics and xDSL. With its advanced IP infrastructure, FastWeb offers the integration of voice, fast Internet and television over a single connection. Siemens contributed to the successful enrichment of FastWeb's TV over DSL, by deploying its new equipment consisting of Surpass hiX 5300 High Density DSLAMs and Juniper Networks ERX-1440 platforms.
FastWeb offers its residential subscribers a series of value added services, including television over its broadband network. The combination of IP technology and FastWeb's bandwidth have allowed residential customers, both with a fibre optic and a DSL connection, to receive traditional broadcast television, multicast (Pay TV and Pay-per-View) and unicast services (Video-on-Demand and interactive TV) over FastWeb's network. FastWeb's television was recently enhanced by the very popular pay-TV soccer channels broadcasting Italian Serie-A and Serie-B football league matches which have proved to be a driver in attracting new customers. In order to guarantee the high quality MPEG2 data transfer that is necessary for the IP TV service, FastWeb provisions its subscribers with connection speeds of up to 6 Mbits per second.
"Siemens and Juniper Networks have provided us with an innovative revenue generating solution, and as a result we have experienced a further increase in our subscriber base," said Guido Garrone, chief technology officer at FastWeb.
To date FastWeb has deployed the Siemens solution and the Juniper Networks ERX-1440 platforms in the cities of Rome, Milan, Bologna, Modena, Venice, Bari, Naples, Genoa, Padua and Turin. The E-series platform further enhances FastWeb's offering to its xDSL subscribers who, thanks to FastWeb's technological expertise, receive fast Internet access, Video on Demand and voice over IP using the same DSL connection. The rapid uptake of the video services and the growth in FastWeb's xDSL customer base have triggered further development in these cities.
"FastWeb is really setting the standard in Italy and in Europe with its commercial offering of video services. The Juniper Networks solution implemented by Siemens allows FastWeb to attract new subscribers and to generate revenue while providing an assured user experience to its users," said Eugenio Libraro, country manager at Juniper Networks Italy.
Siemens is the largest DSLAM supplier for FastWeb's DSL network with more than 50% of the installed base. There are approximately 100.000 ADSL subscribers in FastWeb's DSL network using Siemens technology. The DSLAM deliveries to FastWeb started in 2001. By using Siemens multicast software solution FastWeb is able to offer video services to all subscribers independently of the technology by which they are connected. Currently the new SURPASS hiX 5300 High Density DSLAMs are delivered which contribute approximately 30% to the overall Siemens DSL network for FastWeb. These DSLAMs house ADSL and SHDSL line cards with ATM based STM-4 uplinks at present and can accommodate VDSL line cards with the option to have Gigabit Ethernet uplink as well.
With its agnostic approach to access technologies featuring support for IP, Frame Relay and ATM, the Juniper Networks ERX-1440 allows FastWeb to easily connect to both the existing ATM and IP infrastructures. In addition the ERX-1440 is capable of handling a high number of multicast video streams with QoS (Quality of Service) without suffering performance degradation. After careful evaluation FastWeb determined that the Juniper Networks ERX-1440 addresses all of FastWeb's requirements as it provides a highly reliable, scalable and flexible routing platform for deploying innovative IP services such as the new video services. With the ERX-1440 platforms deployed, FastWeb customers now have the advantage of reliable video services built on the existing ADSL infrastructure.
Siemens Information and Communication Networks (ICN) is a leading global provider of communication solutions for enterprises and carriers. Its portfolio ranges from real-time IP-based applications, IP convergence solutions and broadband access systems to optical transport networks. ICN also provides consulting and services. With its innovative LifeWorks concept, ICN is developing a uniform platform that transcends the boundaries of corporate, fixed and mobile network, enabling providers to offer new services and enterprises to boost productivity. ICN posted sales of 7.1 billion euros in fiscal 2003 (year-end September 30) and employed 33,000 people.
FastWeb is Italy's main alternative fixed broadband telecommunications operator. Its innovative telecommunications services over fibre optics and ADSL deliver an integrated system enabling simultaneous access to telephony, video and high-speed Internet (up to 10 Mbit/s on fibre optics and 6 Mbit/s with ADSL) to customers in the main metropolitan areas (Milan, Rome, Genoa, Turin, Naples, Bologna, Venice, Padoa, Biella, Modena and Reggio Emilia). At December 31, 2003 FastWeb had over 330,000 customers. FastWeb is a subsidiary of e.Biscom S.p.A. which has been listed on Milan's Nuovo Mercato since March 30th, 2000. For more information, please visit e.Biscom's website at www.ebiscom.it
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Juniper Networks transforms the business of networking by converting a commodity - bandwidth - into a dependable, secure and highly valuable corporate asset. Founded in 1996 to meet the stringent demands of service providers, Juniper Networks is now relied upon by the world's leading network operators, government agencies, research and education institutions, and information-intensive enterprises as the foundation for uncompromising networks. The Infranet Initiative uses Juniper Networks MINT (Model for InfraNet Transformation) as its underlying framework. Juniper Networks is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.
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