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Yahoo Opens Music Door to Juniper

Juniper Networks said that Yahoo Brasil has deployed its M-series routers to lay the groundwork for new premium services. It's the first time that Juniper gear has been installed in the portal's network, the company said.

The project was overseen by Brazilian systems integrator M13, which specializes in complex technological projects in data, voice, image communication infrastructure, security and converged networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The M-series platform is the foundation of our long-term strategy to transition to a value-added services model," Daniel Carvalho, a marketing manager at Yahoo , said in a statement.

Yahoo Brasil also expects gains in security and scalability by using Juniper's network equipment.

Like its counterparts in the United States and other countries, Yahoo Brasil offers search, shopping, dating, jobs and news content among other services. In all, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo's network includes 25 worldwide properties available in 13 languages.

Yahoo also recently took steps to enter the online music offering arena with its $160 million purchase of MusicMatch.

The Yahoo-Juniper deal represents another win for network vendors in Latin America. Earlier this month, Lucent Technologies notched two deals.

First, it installed 80,000 ADSL access ports for a subsidiary of Telefonica in Argentina. And in Mexico, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones hired Lucent to increase the network's ability to deliver IP services.