Juniper Networks Inc.
) recently announced that it has provided telecom company
Belgacom Group with its advanced core routing solutions (T4000).
The Belgacom Group is the largest telecommunications company in
Belgium, which offers fixed line communication, mobile
communications and ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
services. Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential.
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With Juniper's T4000 routers, Belgacom aims at delivering
ultra-fast Internet access and bandwidth growth, keeping pace
with the growing usage of Internet applications. The advanced
core routing solution will enable Belgacom to develop its core
networking infrastructure to meet the increasing demand for next
generation cloud applications and online videos on smartphones
Last month, the China Education and Research Network ('CERNET')
deployed Juniper's T4000 routing solution for an undisclosed sum.
The Chinese government and the Chinese Ministry of Education
jointly set up a nationwide education and research computer
network, the CERNET. The network is constructed and operated by
Tsinghua and other leading Chinese universities. CERNET
interconnects a number of Chinese Universities, educational
institutes and research centers and is dedicated to support the
country's higher education institutions.
With Juniper's T4000 routers, CERNET is now delivering ultra-fast
broadband services to educational institutions and is helping the
government to achieve the objectives of its education Project
211, initiated in 1995. The project was intended to improve the
research standards of leading Chinese universities. As many as
20,000,000 students in 2000 universities across China are
benefiting from the broadband services.
Juniper's T4000 core routers were introduced as a next iteration
of its flagship T-series routers in 2010. The launch of T4000 was
made to compete with
Cisco Systems Inc.
) Carrier Routing System 3 (CRS 3). The growing demand for T4000
is evident from the back-to-back deal wins. We also believe that
the success of T4000 with CERNET and Belgacom will likely attract
similar deals going forward, given the growing demand for fast
We remain encouraged by the rapid deployment of Juniper's
networking products and services by organizations and government
verticals to meet growing business demand. We also appreciate
Juniper's continuous efforts to make strategic acquisitions,
which enrich its product portfolio.
But stiff competition from
F5 Networks Inc.
), Cisco and
), strained spending from the telecom companies and macro
uncertainty keep us concerned.
Currently, Juniper has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).