About Juniper

Press Releases

CERNET Launches First Commercial 100 Gigabit Ethernet Network in China With Juniper Networks T-Series

Juniper Networks Cements Position as Major Provider of Core Network Routers for the China Education and Research Network

BEIJING - (Marketwire - Mar 12, 2013) - Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, today announced that its next-generation core routers have been deployed by the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) to establish the country’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) backbone network. With Juniper Networks® T4000 Core Routers in place at its regional network centers, CERNET is well-equipped to deliver on the ultra-fast broadband objectives of the Chinese Government’s 21st century education Project 211, designed to raise the research standards of leading universities in China.

Funded by the Chinese government, CERNET is one of four top-tier national networks that form the foundation of the Internet in China and is dedicated to supporting the country’s higher education institutions. Under the third phase of Project 211, which kicked off at the end of 2011, CERNET chose Juniper Networks to help it deliver ultra-fast broadband network access services to 2000 leading universities in China. Applications that run over CERNET’s network include Internet access, education resource sharing, VOIP, video training, remote-education systems and a plethora of national R&D applications.

News Highlights

  • CERNET’s deployment of Juniper Networks T4000 Core Routers will provide 2000 universities located in more than 200 cities in China and 20,000,000 students with fast, secure and seamless access to a variety of research applications, fostering greater collaboration across a diverse set of research disciplines.
  • CERNET chose Juniper Networks as its major provider of core network routers after a rigorous technical evaluation of competing 100GbE routing products. A Juniper customer since 2005, CERNET has already had a positive experience with Juniper Networks T Series Core Routers running continuously at the core of China’s Next Generation Internet (CNGI) CERNET2, its IPv6 network.
  • With Juniper Networks T4000 routers, CERNET’s backbone network now delivers a total bandwidth of international and domestic interconnection exceeding 60 Gbps.
  • The T4000 routers deployed by CERNET are the first to be put into operation on a production network in China.
  • In October 2012, China’s first 100 GbE long term network link connecting CERNET’s network centers in Beijing to Wuhan went live. By the end of the year, CERNET had more than ten 100 GbE links deployed. All thanks to Juniper Networks’ simplified product integration and its services and support.
  • With 3.84 Tbps of line rate throughput in a half rack chassis, the T4000 offers double the slot capacity of the nearest half rack height core router competitor, supporting up to 16 ports of 100 GbE or 208 ports of 10 GbE.
  • All existing Juniper Networks T640 and T1600 systems can be upgraded in-service to T4000 systems, offering complete investment protection to the existing T Series installed base.

Supporting Quotes


“CERNET is committed to the digitization of Chinese education and has become the world’s largest education and research network. Juniper Networks is now our sole provider of core network routers and will help us further enhance the network bandwidth in the third phase of Project 211, building a new generation of national academic computer networks with leading performance.”

- operation director, CERNET

Juniper Networks

“Education is critical to the success of any nation. China has long understood the need for modern academic institutions that are highly interconnected to foster knowledge sharing, train the next generation of innovators and ultimately increase global competitiveness. Working with CERNET, Juniper Networks will deploy one of the fastest Internet connections in China and help provide leading education institutions with fast and seamless access to research and collaboration, playing a pioneering role in China’s national education agenda.”

- Eric Yu, vice president Greater China, Juniper Networks

Additional Resources:

About Project 211

Project 211 was initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, with the intent of raising the research standards of high-level universities and cultivating strategies for socio-economic development. While 211 Project institutions represent only six percent of China’s universities, they are responsible for four-fifths of doctoral students, two-thirds of post-graduate graduate students, half of students from abroad and one-third of undergraduates. They offer 85 percent of the state’s key subjects, hold 96 percent of the state’s key laboratories, and utilize 70 percent of scientific research funding.


CERNET is a national academic computer network invested by the state, managed by the Ministry of Education, constructed and operated by Tsinghua University and other institutions of higher education. By December 2011, CERNET had fibre trunks of more than 30,000 kilometres with backbone transmission rate up to 2.5-20 Gbps and total bandwidth of international and domestic interconnection exceeding 60 Gbps; the number of connected universities, educational institutions, and research units are over 2000, with more than 20 million users.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks is in the business of network innovation. From devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

Juniper Networks and Junos are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Juniper Networks and Junos logos and Junosphere are trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.