Juniper Networks has announced the first phase of a project to upgrade Telecom New Zealand International's (TNZI) global network and increase the telco's number of international points of presence (POPs).
By deploying Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches, the upgrade extends TNZI's global footprint in the delivery of internet telephony and increases the number of call minutes the telecommunications provider can carry and trade.
TNZI is a global internet telephony provider and trades with over 200 voice customers and vendors worldwide, carrying around two percent of all global voice traffic or nearly five billion minutes per year. Its legacy network didn't allow TNZI to cost-effectively expand into new geographies, limiting the scale of the network and the company's growth potential.
The company's new network, which deploys Juniper's Virtual Chassis fabric technology on the EX4200 Ethernet Switches, eliminates complexity and allows TNZI to cost-effectively expand capacity and geographic reach as its business grows.
TNZI already uses Juniper Networks M Series Multiservice Edge Routers running the Junos OS in other areas of its network, making the EX4200 switches easy and seamless to integrate into the network operations center and existing management and reporting systems.
"In the global internet telephony market, the more points of presence you have, the better your ability to compete," said Anthony Briscoe, General Manager, TNZI. "For us to grow our business by increasing the number of minutes we carry, we needed to expand our footprint. Juniper Networks provided the most robust, scalable, secure and cost-effective infrastructure for us to be able to do just that."
With Virtual Chassis technology, TNZI can expand their network and support incremental growth without requiring large upfront investments or overwhelming complexity. With Virtual Chassis fabric technology, Juniper delivers a highly scalable solution that boosts TNZI's network performance and can lower total cost of ownership.
"Ease of deployment and management were crucial to TNZI, combined with the quality, scale and security of a high-performance network infrastructure," said Andy Ingram, vice president of product marketing, Fabric and Switching Technologies, Juniper Networks. "Junos software provides a huge advantage in terms of simplified network operations. With a single-source operating system running across its switching and routing products, TNZI can build and maintain a truly open and secure network without the need to retrain its staff on a new OS. TNZI's new network eliminates layers of cost and complexity and allows the company to focus on service innovation."
The first EX Series-based POP is now live in London, while planning for the next few sites is underway. The success and ease of the first live deployment, combined with reduced per-port costs, has prompted TNZI to use Juniper's EX Series switches to replace legacy equipment at some of its existing POPs. This will further lower operational costs at each site while providing increased functionality and reliability.