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Aiming to increase capacity, support more bandwidth, improve service and reduce power consumption, Russia’s largest digital services provider Rostelecom has engaged Juniper Networks to support a major infrastructure upgrade.

Rostelecom boasts over 13.1 million broadband Internet users and 10.3 million subscription TV users of which over 5.5 million are using interactive TV services.
The provider is already a major customer of Juniper and it has renewed its service agreement for three years with Juniper’s services support for more than 14,000 network nodes. The upgrade sees the modernisation of Rostelecom’s original network whose MX960 and PTX10008 products saw peak demand during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2019 World University Games.

The large scale modernisation project will make use of the Juniper Networks MX Series 5G Universal routing platform and PTX series packet transport routers to improve the transport backbones across Russia. Rostelecom will also have a so-called One Junos OS experience across both the original and new infrastructure enabling older routers to be recycled with full backward and forward compatibility to other parts of the network with lower traffic loads.

“Our main priority was to upgrade to equipment that is highly reliable under harsh operating conditions and a high traffic load,” explained Vadim Nikonov, director of backbone networks department at Rostelecom.

“In the process, we experienced a lower incident rate, delivered new services and functions and reduced power and warranty support costs, while enabling us to repurpose the existing equipment to other parts of the network. Although this was a major upgrade, by continuing to use Juniper’s routing portfolio we have minimised cost and disruption to our network, while maximising efficiency for our customers and our business.”