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 AARNet4 Will Deliver a 30-fold Increase in Network Capacity to Over One Million Users

SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 26, 2013 – Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) today announced the selection of Juniper’s advanced routing and switching networking technology as the foundation for AARNet4, the country’s next-generation network for research and education.

Since AARNet’s third-generation network was launched eight years ago, the traffic it carries has more than doubled every two years, driven both by growth in the number of users on the network and an explosion in the size of data sets generated by advanced research applications.

To support the data and network complexity challenges posed by large-scale scientific research, remote-education systems, advanced telemedicine and a plethora of national R&D applications, AARNet4 will deliver a thirty-fold increase in network capacity. More than one million of Australia’s best and brightest researchers, educators and students will be able to make creative use of greater network access, and a wide range of value-added network and cloud-based services.

The goals for AARNet4 are not only to accommodate continued exponential traffic growth—provisioning more bandwidth at less cost—but also to deliver new capabilities, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) between customer sites, virtual private clouds including services from public cloud providers and support for AARNet’s own cloud- based file sharing and Unified Communications products. These new AARNet4 services are designed to enable cutting-edge research and encourage innovation, particularly in the field of radio astronomy for projects such as the Square Kilometre Array, as well as in the fields of climate modeling, genomics, sensor networks and particle physics.

News Highlights

  • Juniper Networks® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers were selected to support the faster speeds and 30-fold increase in network capacity required by AARNet4. The new routers will deliver 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE) connections and enable the AARNet4 backbone network to be built up with multiple 100 GbE links—compared to the single 10 GbE speeds of the current network.
  • Juniper’s MX Series routers will also give AARNet4 much lower network latency, a key element in making data-intensive cloud-based services as responsive as those hosted on campus.
  • In support of the network flexibility and security required to deliver new VPN services between customer sites and virtual private clouds, AARNet4 will leverage the capabilities of the Juniper routers and Junos® Operating System to implement Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), which improves network resiliency, enables far more granular network traffic control and supports VPNs. These include Virtual Private LAN Services that can be used to establish secure shared Ethernet between research sites, capable of carrying multiple types of network traffic, and more flexible Layer 3 VPNs which are used to establish secure IP connections between end-users and remote campus resources.
  • AARNet has completed a program of expanding and upgrading its fibre optic cable network across Australia to support native 100Gbps wavelengths. The next stage, starting in November, is to deploy Juniper Networks MX Series routers at its existing points-of-presence (PoPs) and then to establish many new ones and making it much easier for organizations involved in research and education to link to the network.
  • AARNet is also sourcing a new generation of customer premises equipment in the form of Juniper Networks EX4550 Ethernet Switches, which will be deployed at hundreds of education and research sites around the country. The EX4550 switches complement the expansion of AARNet’s backbone network capacity by providing multiple 1GbE and 10 GbE access ports, combined with the ability to connect to the PoPs using up to four 40 GbE uplinks.
  • In addition, AARNet’s new infrastructure will fully support Juniper Networks software-defined networking architecture, which can be used to automate the creation of highly-scalable virtual networks. These will help AARNet and its customers harness the power of the cloud for new services, increased organizational agility, and revenue growth.

Supporting Quotes

“We currently operate a complex routed IP network, with points-of-presence across the country and multiple high-speed links to the Internet and academic research networks in hundreds of countries around the globe. With AARNet4, we are changing the ground rules for network capacity. This is about navigating the future of networking in Australia and globally. It will also allow AARNet to drive more sophisticated value-added services, leveraging the advanced capabilities of the Juniper Networks platform.”

– Chris Hancock, CEO, AARNet

“AARNet4 is critical to the advancement of science and research in Australia. By delivering greater network flexibility and capacity, AARNet will be well positioned to accommodate continued exponential data growth, provision more bandwidth at less cost and offer a wide range of value-add network and cloud-based services. Juniper Networks looks forward to continuing its collaboration with AARNet in supporting an innovative future for Australia.”

– Mark Ablett, vice president, Australia and New Zealand, Juniper Networks

About AARNet

AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO.

AARNet provides high capacity internet and other advanced communications services for the nation’s research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research. More information can be found at AARNet ( or connect with AARNet on Twitter

About Juniper Networks in Routing

Juniper Networks was born from a willingness to challenge conventional thinking. Our routing solutions are the result of some of the industry’s most groundbreaking innovations across every aspect of networking technology: in silicon, systems and software.  They continue to be the industry benchmark for performance, scale and rapid services deployment, giving customers a competitive advantage as they set out to build the best networks on the planet.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks’ innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks ( or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

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Media Contacts:

Martina Schulze-Warnecke, Juniper Networks,  +65 6511 3541

Jane Gifford, AARNet,  +61 2 9779 6960


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