Shandong Unicom builds out IP city network with Unisphere Networks' edge router

Aug. 20, 2001--Unisphere Networks, Inc., a provider of IP infrastructure to enable broadband data and voice services, announced that Shandong Unicom will build out phase one of Shandong Unicom's new IP City Network with Unisphere's Edge Router.

Aug 20th, 2001

Unisphere Networks, Inc., a provider of IP infrastructure to enable broadband data and voice services, announced that Shandong Unicom, a branch of China Unicom (NYSE:CHU), has selected Unisphere Networks' ERX-1400 Edge Router to build out phase one of Shandong Unicom's new IP City Network. During this first phase of expansion, Shandong Unicom will install the ERX-1400 in seven cities across the province. Unisphere Networks' ERX-1400 was chosen for its high scalability along with its ASIC-based architecture that enables wire-speed performance of IP routing and services.

Shandong Unicom, a carrier with more than 2.5 million existing customers, is creating an IP-based city network, offering a complete range of services to customers across the province. Unisphere Networks' ERX-1400 will be used within this network as a Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS) connected to Ethernet Layer 2 switches for residential customers and as an edge routing aggregator for business customers. The ERX-1400 will be set up to face the core of Shandong Unicom's network using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).

Unisphere Networks' ERX edge router delivers the next-generation IP infrastructure that allows world-class service providers to deploy high-speed Internet connections and value-added IP services to both businesses and consumers. The ERX product family provides wire-speed performance, sophisticated routing capabilities, carrier-class reliability and high capacity port density. The ERX also enables a number of new revenue-generating service policies such as IP Quality of Service (QoS), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Unisphere Networks' ERX family includes three models: the high capacity ERX-1440 and ERX-1400 and the mid-range ERX-700. The ERX-1440 is a 40 Gigabit, IP edge router that offers service providers integrated IP routing, subscriber management, and IP services/service creation capabilities at wire-speed. The ERX-1400 provides scalable capacity for tens of thousands of users, making it ideal for service providers that operate high capacity points-of-presence (PoPs). Its modular, 14-slot chassis features a wide range of interface options, including T1/E1, T3/E3, channelized and unchannelized OC3/STM-1, OC12/STM-4 and Fast/Gigabit Ethernet. The ERX-700, designed for applications that require mid-range capacity, has the same features and performance of the ERX-1400 in a more economical 7-slot package.

About Shandong Branch of China Unicom:

China United Telecommunications Corporation (CHINA UNICOM) is a state-owned corporation, specializing mainly in telecommunication operations. For more information, visit www.chinaunicom.net.

About Unisphere Networks:

Unisphere Networks, Inc. is a provider of data and voice platforms for service providers. For more information, visit www.unispherenetworks.com.

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