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Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks Create Joint Venture to Address Worldwide Carrier Ethernet Market

Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks Create Joint Venture to Address Worldwide Carrier Ethernet Market

Carrier Ethernet Joint Venture to Manage End-to-End Carrier Ethernet Solution Portfolio

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, and Nokia Siemens Networks, a leading global enabler of telecommunications services, today announced that the two companies plan to form a joint venture to address the Carrier Ethernet Transport market.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, the joint venture will be dedicated to managing and executing the Carrier Ethernet portfolio roadmap, and extends the previously announced partnership enhancement designed to deliver to service provider customers a fully interoperable Carrier Ethernet solution for mobile backhaul, business services and residential broadband networks. The planned solution will enable customers to monetize their networks through a faster time-to-market for new revenue-generating services and by improving network efficiency, which in turn will drive down transport costs.

This planned structure will allow both companies to contribute the necessary products and support to enable meeting the end-to-end portfolio needs of some 200 joint service provider customers worldwide. The planned solution consists of Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers, Nokia Siemens Networks A-series Carrier Ethernet Switches as well as the end-to-end “point-and-click” network management system.

“The combination of the Carrier Ethernet portfolios of Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks creates a very compelling solution set,” said Randy Nicklas, CTO of XO Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. “Our infrastructure depends on scalability and enhanced functionality to accommodate the rapidly growing demand for Ethernet-based services and bandwidth exhibited by our customers. In addition, we require the reliability, manageability, and connection-oriented approach of current SONET-based transport in our Ethernet networks, all at breakthrough costs. Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks understand our Carrier Ethernet needs and share our Ethernet-centric vision of delivering telecommunications services.”

Planned Solution Details

The plans call for the new Carrier Ethernet solution to be sold by both companies. The targeted introduction date is the fourth calendar quarter of 2009, subject to fulfillment of customary closing conditions, such as obtaining necessary regulatory approvals.

“Our planned joint solution has been well-received by our mutual customers. Through the combination of the metro aggregation and metro access and network management strengths of each company, this planned partnership enables both Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks to bring our joint vision of an extremely efficient, easy to manage unified Carrier Ethernet solution supporting all services on a single network to life,” said Bernd Schumacher, head of Broadband Connectivity Solutions business unit, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Juniper Networks MX Series is a family of high-performance Ethernet Services Routers with powerful switching features that deliver unmatched flexibility and reliability to support advanced services and applications. Consisting of the MX960, MX480 and MX240, the MX Series Ethernet Services Routers provide high port-density routing and switching in a range of highly efficient, high-performance hardware platforms, enabling service providers to reduce power, space and cooling costs by as much as 50 percent. The MX Series leverages JUNOS® Software, a single operating system integrating routing, switching, security and network services from Juniper Networks.

“With this solution we are expanding the breadth and depth of our relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks,” said Kim Perdikou, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks. “The combination of Nokia Siemens Networks’ leadership in metro access and network management and Juniper’s strength in Carrier Ethernet metro aggregation applications will enable our customers to more effectively monetize the network with new revenue-generating services and lower transport costs.”

The Nokia Siemens Networks A-series is an industry-leading Carrier Ethernet switching portfolio providing an effective evolution path from the existing TDM networks towards the next-generation Carrier Ethernet Transport networks. The A-series provides the SDH carrier-class characteristics over a modern, cost effective Carrier Ethernet network. Additionally, it enables further cost efficiencies by carrying both voice and data traffic with higher traffic volumes at lower costs. The A-series can serve as an access solution located at the customer premise or as a “last mile” aggregation unit that gathers traffic from various customer sites.

A major operational cost factor for operators is the administration efforts in the network. Nokia Siemens Networks’ network management system offers unparalleled features which simplifies network management, eliminating the need to configure individual nodes and perform laborious traffic engineering. Instead, end-to-end connections are set up in a point-and-click fashion. OPEX savings of up to 80% becomes clear when considering that operators have to do thousands of manual reconfigurations a month.

Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks have a long-standing partnership that encompasses IP aggregation, edge and core products and have deployed solutions in more than 200 service provider networks around the world. This joint venture further enhances the partnerships position in the Carrier Ethernet segment, one of the fastest growing network applications for wireline and mobile service providers.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Optimum Lightpath Delivers First High-Definition Voice Service for Businesses

Optimum Lightpath Delivers First High-Definition Voice Service for Businesses

Company Offers First IP-Based HD-Voice Over Dedicated Ethernet Service for Best Quality Calling

JERICHO, N.Y., June 4 /PRNewswire/ — Optimum Lightpath(SM), a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today introduced the first HD-Voice service for mid-sized and large businesses, available June 2009. With its advanced Hosted Voice service, next-generation Cisco IP phones and state-of-the-art Ethernet-based fiber optic network, Optimum Lightpath enables smart businesses to enjoy the best quality voice calls to and from anyone within its business facilities.

Since HD Voice uses less bandwidth than standard G711 voice, it enables more bandwidth and improves IP transit. As a result, HD Voice provides greater efficiencies across all voice, data, Internet and video services running across Optimum Lightpath’s Ethernet-based fiber optic network. HD Voice is available to New York metropolitan area businesses as part of Optimum Lightpath’s Hosted Voice service, a complete customer-hosted voice and Internet solution delivered over a single connection. The service, which uses Cisco IP phones 7945 and 7965, delivers true HD voice quality.

“HD Voice demonstrates our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement of our services for smart businesses,” said John Macario, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Management. “Understanding how smart technologies work together helps ensure the highest quality of service, a central focus of Optimum Lightpath and key enabler of the Smart Community of businesses.”

With Optimum Lightpath HD Hosted Voice, businesses will benefit from advanced IP features while realizing significant savings and a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over most competitive IP offerings. Existing Hosted Voice customers can contact Optimum Lightpath to learn how to take advantage of HD-Voice today.

Optimum Lightpath Hosted Voice service with dedicated Internet access gives businesses:

True simplicity: A high-performance, feature-rich phone system bundled with Internet and voice access, minutes of use, telephones, equipment and top-notch support for a single monthly charge.

Easy scalability: Ability to manage growth with a simple phone call to increase bandwidth and minutes or add users.

Proven reliability: Proven performance and sub-50 millisecond resiliency of Lightpath’s Intelligent Enterprise Network.

Simple management: Installation, maintenance and management of all equipment and software by Optimum Lightpath and access to an easy-to-use Administrator Portal to make routine changes to extensions, user calling plans and more with little or no technical expertise.

“With the evolution of IP phones, we are now able to deliver HD-quality to businesses making intra-facility calls,” said Steve Slattery, vice president and general manager, IP Communications, Cisco. “Optimum Lightpath goes above and beyond to deliver better quality, faster speeds and improved efficiencies and we are excited to be a part of its HD-Voice offering.”

Optimum Lightpath’s Voice Services portfolio also includes Lightpath Managed Voice, Lightpath IP Trunking and Lightpath Internet/Voice. To learn more about Optimum HD-Voice, a part of its Hosted Voice service, including features, benefits and more, please visit

About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath(SM), a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Intelligent Enterprise Network is a highly reliable, resilient and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 3,700 route miles and is connected to more than 3,000 buildings. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 10 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Abelson Charlstie Laytin

Abelson Group for Optimum Lightpath Cablevision

917-445-4454 516-803-2357

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