Juniper, Nokia Siemens Networks target Carrier Ethernet with joint venture

SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 -- Juniper Networks Inc. and Nokia Siemens Networks have been granted regulatory approvals to form a joint venture that addresses the Carrier Ethernet market.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 -- Juniper Networks Inc. and Nokia Siemens Networks have been granted regulatory approvals to form a joint venture that addresses the Carrier Ethernet market. The joint venture will offer a Carrier Ethernet product line for mobile backhaul, business, and residential broadband networks. Incorporated in Amsterdam under the name “Carrier Ethernet Solutions B.V.,” the joint venture company will be owned 60 percent by Juniper Networks and 40 percent by Nokia Siemens Networks.

John Stewart, previously a vice president and general manager of the Mobility and Circuit Emulation Business Unit at Juniper Networks, will lead the joint venture company as CEO. Ton van den Boom, previously senior manager in finance and control from Nokia Siemens Networks, will take on the role of CFO. The company will also have a supervisory board chaired by Manoj Leelanivas, senior vice president and general manager of the Edge and Aggregation Business Unit at Juniper Networks, while Bernd Schumacher, head of Broadband Connectivity Solutions at Nokia Siemens Networks, will serve as vice chairman.

“The Juniper-Nokia Siemens Networks joint venture will offer the industry’s best unified Carrier Ethernet solution from metro access to aggregation, fully interoperable with IP/MPLS core and managed by Nokia Siemens Networks ‘point and click’ network management system,” said incoming CEO Stewart. “Our customers will be able to leverage the solution to offer new revenue-generating services while lowering transport costs and total cost of ownership. We look forward to offering this powerful solution to new and existing service provider customers.”

The product line will consist of Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers and Nokia Siemens Networks’ A-series Carrier Ethernet Switches and end-to-end network management system including “point-and-click” provisioning. The joint venture aims to integrate these components into a seamless and fully tested end-to-end offering.

The plans call for the new offering to be sold by both companies with a targeted introduction date of the first calendar quarter of 2010.

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