Dante selects Juniper Networks routers for new pan-European research network

Sept. 26, 2001--Juniper Networks, Inc., a provider of next-generation Internet Protocol infrastructure, and Dante, a provider of IP network services to the European research community, announced that Dante has selected Juniper Networks' Internet backbone routers for a new Pan-European research and education network.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:JNPR), a provider of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and Dante, provider of high-quality IP network services to the European research community, announced that Dante has selected Juniper Networks M160 Internet backbone routers for the brand new Pan-European research and education (R&E) network GEANT. The M160 routers will be supplied and installed by Juniper Networks systems integration partner Dimension Data.

GEANT serves the European research community by supplying it with a number of services, including testbeds and guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) features. By interconnecting the national R&E networks in more than 30 countries -- GEANT reaches over 3,000 R&E institutions throughout Europe -- provides high capacity and offers geographic coverage. Juniper Networks M160 routers allow for a high-bandwidth network that is no longer a bottleneck for the R&E community. The research activities, which will be undertaken on the new GEANT network, include grid development projects such as DataGrid and EuroGRID. Each have very demanding networking requirements and are concerned with the management of very large distributed data sets and distributed computing for weather forecasting, respectively.

The architecture of the Juniper Networks systems allows Dante to fully maximize the deterministic forwarding capabilities and ensure QoS and guaranteed bandwidth, which are absolute necessities for many of the research institutes Dante is serving with the GEANT network.

The M160 routers will be installed in the main points of presence (POPs) in the GEANT network, i.e. in Vienna, Brussels, Geneva, Prague, Frankfurt (x2), Madrid, Paris, Budapest, Milan, Amsterdam, Poznan, Stockholm, Brastislava and London. Previously installed M40 Internet routers will be re-deployed in locations where there are no Gigabit-speed circuits.

Dante has selected Juniper Networks systems integration partner, Dimension Data, for the supply and installation of the M160 routers.

Upon completion the GEANT network will have nine trunk circuits, each operating at 10 Gbps and a further 11 trunk circuits operating at 2.5 Gbps from the start of service. At least 10 national R&E networks will access this backbone at 2.5 Gbps. The resilience of the network will be assured by connecting the GEANT POPs in most cities by two or more international circuits to different countries.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.:

Juniper Networks, Inc. is a provider of purpose-built systems that meet the scalability, performance, density, and compatibility requirements of optically enabled IP networks. For more information, visit www.juniper.net.

About Dante:

Dante plans, builds and manages international networking services. For more information, visit www.dante.net.

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