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Networking giant Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR - Analyst Report) recently announced that it has provided the China Education and Research Network (‘CERNET’) with its advanced core routing solutions (T4000). Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential.

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 association with CERNET dates back to 2005. Prior to this deal, the institute tasted success using Juniper’s T-series routers.

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.’s (CSCO - Analyst Report) Carrier Routing System 3 (CRS 3).

Juniper’s T-series, M-series, E-series, MX-series, and J-series families of routers form an integral part of its networking architecture, which runs on the Junos operating software. The software simplifies networking operations and reduces the cost of ownership. Moreover, the platform provides room for enhancement of capabilities without additional capital outlay.

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.

Despite stiff competition from F5 Networks Inc. (FFIV - Snapshot Report), Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU - Analyst Report), we are positive on Juniper’s new product traction, focus on revenue growth, cost reduction initiatives specially aided by headcount reduction and improving execution on supply chain and procurement activities.

Currently, Juniper has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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