China Netcom builds broadband MAN with Ericsson IP Services Routers

Sept. 18, 2001--China Netcom has awarded Ericsson a second broadband metropolitan area network contract for seven additional cities in China.

China Netcom has awarded Ericsson a second broadband metropolitan area network (MAN) contract for seven additional cities in China: Wuhan, Changsha and Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Foshan, Dongguan and Shunde in GuangDong. This project is added to a recently announced Dalian Internet Protocol (IP) MAN project.

Under this contract, Ericsson will deliver internally developed, high-performance AXI 540-7 Edge Routers to each of these cities. Ericsson will provide China Netcom implementation, training and maintenance services, plus Blackdiamond and Summit 48i Ethernet switches from Extreme. After implementation of these MAN projects, to be completed by the end of September 2001, China Netcom will be the second recent contract in the Asia Pacific region for the AXI 540 Edge Routers.

The newly available AXI 540-7 Edge Router, a more compact version of the Company's AXI 540, will perform aggregation of traffic to China Netcom's Internet backbone using a 32-port channelized T1/E1 forwarding engine, a high-density direct E1 router interface. The AXI 540-7 Edge Routers will utilize new Gigabit Ethernet interfaces to connect to the Extreme Black Diamond switches, which will be connected to the China Netcom IP core.

Like the 15-slot AXI 540 Edge Router, the new AXI 540-7 offers IP aggregation capabilities and supports the latest IP-based services, including IP DiffServ for enhanced Quality of Service and MPLS based IP-VPNs. Each AXI 540-7 supports up to 250,000 active routes and 400 BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) peers.

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