Columbus Networks adds Juniper Networks T4000 core routers to support undersea fiber network

Columbus Networks, which provides fiber-optic network services throughout the Caribbean and the Americas via a web of undersea fiber-optic cables, has chosen to deploy Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) T4000 Core Routers in its network, the systems vendor says. The deployment upgrades the service provider’s core network, which had been based on Juniper Networks T1600 platforms.

Columbus Networks, which provides fiber-optic network services throughout the Caribbean and the Americas via a web of undersea fiber-optic cables, has chosen to deploy Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) T4000 Core Routers in its network, the systems vendor says. The deployment upgrades the service provider’s core network design, which had been based on Juniper Networks T1600 platforms.

Columbus Networks and joint venture partner CWC Wholesale Solutions, delivers international wholesale capacity bandwidth services, corporate data applications, and data center hosting via a multi-ring submarine fiber-optic network across the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the United States (see, for example, “Columbus Networks, Xtera bring 100G to the Caribbean”). The network includes more than 26,000 miles of undersea fiber.

With bandwidth and flexibility demands increasing, Columbus Networks needed to upgrade its existing Juniper-based core network with new technology. The multiservice T4000 system doubles the capacity of Columbus’s core network, offering nearly 4 Tbps of line rate throughput in a half-rack chassis. The migration from the T1600 routers to the T4000 platforms required no downtime and therefore no service disruption, Juniper Networks says. Future capacity needs may be met by scaling individual T4000s into a multichassis configuration with the TX Matrix Plus, which supports up to 16 Tbps, the router vendor adds.

"Our priority is to exceed customer expectations as our network continues to experience continuous growth,” said Paolo Autore, engineering manager, Columbus Networks. “As we evolve the Columbus IP network and realize the capabilities of the T4000, Juniper has been a critical technology partner enabling us to reduce our operational expenditures while also increasing our performance, reliability and efficiency."

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