Juniper Helping Route China’s Edge

Looking to steal some real estate from rival Cisco, Juniper Networks, Inc. Tuesday said it has inked a deal to add its ERX Edge Routers in two provincial branches of China Telecom’s network.

China Telecom, the operator of China’s largest terrestrial communications network, said it taped Juniper for its reputation throughout Asia.

Juniper’s technology reputation is continuing to grow overall with its expanded its router portfolio courtesy of the acquisition of Siemens’ Unisphere Networks subsidiary.

“While testing the ERX, we determined it is the best performing product available to support our growing edge routing and subscriber management requirements. We are convinced that we selected the best router for our network,” said China Telecom Wuhan Branch Data Bureau director Xu Wei.

Juniper’s ERX family includes three models: the high-capacity ERX 1440, the mid-range ERX 1400 and the low-end ERX 705. Each model features a full suite of Internet routing protocols, including BGP-4, IS-IS, OSPF and RIP.

China Telecom’s Sichuan Branch will be the site of one of the edge routers. The industrial province is home to the capital city of Chengdu with a population of 12 million. China Telecom also installed the ERX in Central China to support the growing base of broadband subscribers in the rapidly developing city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

In both cases, the ERX is putting circuit aggregation and subscriber management functionality in a single platform.

“Given our large customer base, our key focus is to invest in broadband network equipment that enables us to scale to meet the anticipated requirements of our customers in Chengdu and throughout the province,” said Mr. Fan Xiao Dong, director, Plan & Construction Dept., China Telecom Sichuan Branch. “Juniper Networks has a successful track record of supplying reliable, carrier-class products that currently support China Telecom’s complete spectrum of broadband services. Our decision to deploy additional ERX Edge Routers will enable us to focus on delivering revenue-generating broadband services to our customers without concern for meeting future scalability requirements.”

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Juniper has been fighting hard to gain customer wins from Cisco Systems and other rival companies. Juniper was successful early last year as it jointly installed and tested China’s first Optical Internet Protocol for Guangdong PTA.

The company also worked with China Cable last year to install Juniper M160, M20 and M10 Internet backbone routers in 14 cities throughout China, as the infrastructure supporting delivery of China Cable’s national cable TV backbone network.

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