JUNE 30, 2010 -- The Shanghai Branch of China Telecom Corp. has deployed Juniper Networks’ top-of-the-line, multi-chassis routing system in a production environment. Implementation of the Juniper Networks TX Matrix Plus, interconnecting Juniper Networks T1600 Core Routers, provides China Telecom with a stable, flexible platform to continue scaling the core of its super metro area network in Shanghai and to support Expo 2010, which is taking place in the city.
China Telecom has 3.5 million Shanghai broadband customers, including 1.2 million IPTV subscribers, and had been using Juniper Networks TX Matrix with three T640 Core Routers within its network since 2006. With an increasing customer base and rising bandwidth demand in China's largest and most commercially important city, which has a population of more than 20 million, the company needed a core routing platform that would make it easier to continue scaling its metro area network services, says a company representative.
“The TX Matrix Plus system and T1600 Core Routers were designed to address some of the latest network engineering challenges faced by telecommunications service providers, and scaling broadband service in Shanghai is an example of such a challenge,” says Luc Ceuppens, vice president of product marketing, Juniper Infrastructure Products Group. “Our core network solution scales in multiple dimensions -- on the forwarding, control, and service planes -- providing an architecture that can carry a breadth of services over a common IP/MPLS infrastructure. That means China Telecom can continue to scale its Shanghai network and conform to stringent service-level agreements while minimizing both capital and operational expenditures.”
The Juniper Networks TX Matrix Plus system underwent certification testing at China Telecom's Academy of Science & Technology in Guangzhou during the middle of 2009. In October, Juniper staged a stringent proof-of-concept in Shanghai, leading to the decision to deploy the TX Matrix Plus by the end of the Q1 2010.
The systems are connected to network links -- including OC768, OC192, OC48, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet ports. China Telecom can scale its Shanghai core network as needed with addition of more line cards -- including Juniper Networks' 100-Gigabit Ethernet interface.