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Juniper Networks Routers Achieve Key Certification for Carrier Ethernet


M- and T-Series are Industry’s First Routers to Verify Independent Certification for 802.3ah Ethernet First Mile OAM Specifications

SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 29, 2007 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) today announced that Iometrix, an independent testing lab, has certified that Juniper’s M- and T-series routers are the industry’s first routing platforms to successfully pass Iometrix compliance testing for Ethernet in the First Mile Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM), as specified by IEEE draft 802.3ah. IEEE draft 802.3ah specifies reliability and high availability requirements for Ethernet-based services, enabling service providers to deliver advanced, cost-effective Ethernet-based services with the high levels of quality and reliability required for business-class services.

“Supporting Ethernet standards such as 802.3ah will be a key requirement as providers introduce new Ethernet-based services, because it gives customers the confidence that the new Ethernet services will perform reliably and efficiently,” said Shailesh Shukla, vice president of service provider marketing and partnerships at Juniper Networks. “Juniper leads the industry with our open, standards-based approach to IP networking, and this latest certification is another example of the value this approach brings to our customers.”

The IEEE’s 802.3ah OAM draft outlines requirements for link monitoring, fault signaling, and remote loopback capabilities. These features allow service providers to better manage customer access and to monitor and trouble-shoot network operations for Ethernet based services. Juniper Networks successfully tested all the required components of 802.3ah as well as many optional specifications which enable additional advanced capabilities and features.

“We are pleased to see Juniper attain Ethernet in the First Mile OAM compliance certification just as we are noticing an upsurge in Service Provider interest in this cost-efficient access technology,” said Bob Mandeville, President of Iometrix the lab which developed the full compliance test suite for the important IEEE 802.3ah OAM standard.

Juniper Networks has a broad portfolio of Carrier Ethernet solutions ranging from high-density Ethernet interfaces for its E-, M- and T-series routing platforms to the new MX960, the industry’s largest capacity Carrier Ethernet platform. Because the Iometrix testing was performed using the JUNOS operating system, the 802.3ah features and capabilities tested on the M- and T-series will also be available on the new MX960 Ethernet Services Router.

Powered by the JUNOS operating system, Juniper Networks routers are recognized as the industry’s leading platforms for sophisticated IP routing and Ethernet applications. They support the industry’s most comprehensive VPN portfolio, combined with the ability to simultaneously support existing and emerging Layer 2 and Layer 3 services. The M- and T-series platforms deliver superior scalability, offering a clear 40 Gbps migration path and, with the modular TX matrix platform, a seamless upgrade to multi-terabit capacity.

With advanced high availability features, such as Graceful Restart and Fast Re-route, and sharing the modular JUNOS operating system, the platforms deliver complete fault-tolerance and consistent operations throughout all platforms. The high-performance routing platforms provide high density Ethernet aggregation at the network core, and advanced, fine-grained quality of service (QoS) functionality at the interface level, enabling providers to efficiently introduce new, high-value services over Ethernet while concurrently enabling reduced capital and operational costs.

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