Juniper Helps XO Boost IP Network Capacity

XO Communications (XOHO), which recently ranked No. 27 on the 2008 InformationWeek 500, said Wednesday it’s continuing to increase capacity on its IP network.

The Herndon, Va.-based CLEC installed Juniper Networks’ (JNPR) MX960 Ethernet Services Routers in several metro areas; that augmentation boosted capacity three-fold, across the network edge, XO said.

XO is working hard to capture much of the Ethernet market, an important strategy as the economy withers and enterprises look for cheaper bandwidth alternatives.

The service provider said the Juniper equipment is among the largest-capacity available, delivering up to 960Gbps for switching and routing. XO will use the new hardware for services ranging from high-speed IP transit to IP VPN to VoIP for businesses, large enterprises and wholesale customers. The added capacity will provide IP transit at speeds of 1Gbps and 10Gbps, XO said.

XO has spent much of the past two years investing in its IP network. It says packet traffic grew by nearly 60 percent in the first half of 2008, thanks to those improvements. And now that the company has refinanced its debt, it’s more free to focus solely on operations and upgrades.

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