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Cable & Wireless to Upgrade French Backbone

[London, ENGLAND] Global communications company Cable & Wireless announced Tuesday that it has awarded a contract to Juniper Networks to supply M-series Internet backbone routers to its French operation.

The new IP-optimized routers from Juniper Networks are intended to increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of the Cable & Wireless en France core infrastructure. The improvements are expected to meet the increased demand for services -- and what C&W calls "increasingly sophisticated customer requirements."

"Equipment of this type makes a significant contribution in our aim to provide an Internet backbone that is easier to manage, more reliable and has far greater capacity, whilst enabling us to deploy innovative new services," said Sofiane Ammarm, chief technical officer at Cable & Wireless en France.

Ammar went on to say that customers would benefit from lower operating costs, network stability and high quality Internet transit availability.

Cable & Wireless now ranks as one of the world's top five ISPs and is deeply committed to improving its global infrastructure. The company is currently spending over US $3 billion to enhance this infrastructure, adding capacity to its AS3561 Internet backbone and its hubs in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia.

Cable & Wireless has not published exact figures for the value of the Juniper deal, but the contract is said to be worth several million dollars.

"Our purpose-built IP-optimized routers represent the latest in core network routing technology; delivering performance without compromise and enabling services at speeds never seen before," said Tony Morrish, operations director Europe, Middle East and Africa, at Juniper Networks.

For the year to end March 2000, Cable & Wireless had revenues of over US $14 billion and customers in 70 countries.