Under the new contract, the second IP backbone contract for Ericsson with FuJian CT, Ericsson will provide its Packet Backbone Network solution, including its AXI 580 IP Backbone Routers (based on Juniper Networks M160 Internet routers) and switches from Extreme Networks. This is the second phase of a project announced in October 2001 to deploy the operator's provincial IP backbone network covering nine major cities in China's FuJian Province including FuZhou, XiaMeng, QuanZhou, and PuTian.

Upon completion of the project, the routers will form an expansive broadband IP backbone providing a carrier-class platform for new, value-added services. With the expanded IP backbone, FuJian CT will offer Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to its customers.

As the sole end-to-end solution provider, Ericsson will supply the core network equipment, as well as extensive customer services such as installation, system support, and hardware replacement to FuJian CT.

An earlier deployment of Ericsson's AXI 520 routers, based on Juniper Networks M40 Internet routers, in FuJian Telecom's multi-vendor-environment has demonstrated seamless interoperability with other vendors' equipment. This contract reinforces Ericsson's solid relationship with FuJian CT and shows Ericsson's strength in implementing large-scale deployments of IP backbones for global operators.

The Ericsson AXI 520 and 580 IP backbone routers are built to deliver highly reliable, scalable, and cost-efficient IP services across high-speed networks. Based on leading edge ASIC technology, and incorporating consistent JUNOS Internet software, these routers help service providers and carriers lower their capital and operational costs by simplifying rollout and support. This accelerates the time it takes to design, test, and deploy the network, and provision new IP services.