Agricultural Bank of China Chooses Juniper Networks for New National Backbone

Juniper Networks® announced that Agricultural Bank of China Limited, the country’s fourth largest lender, has deployed Juniper Networks M Series Multiservice Edge Routers in a new, nationwide backbone network to support its internal operations. Juniper’s M Series provide the bank with a high-bandwidth, low-latency and highly reliable platform upon which to drive increased operational efficiency.

The Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) is the last of China’s Big Four lenders to be prepared for public listing. It was transformed into a joint stock-company in January 2009 and is expected to launch an initial public offering later this year. With its strong presence in China’s rural economic sector, the ABC operates the country’s largest branch network – comprised of 24,064 branches, sub-branches and outlets that serve over 350 million customers – driving the need for a large, high-performance backbone network.

A matrix of Juniper Networks M320 routers have been installed at ABC’s head office to form the network core while pairs of Juniper Networks M120 routers, deployed at 36 nodes across the country, form an access layer connected to the core via redundant ATM links. This new high-performance infrastructure replaces a legacy network that, according to ABC, was too inflexible to meet its future requirements and also carried high maintenance costs.

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