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March 16, 1999

Separate Equity and Distribution Agreements Strengthen Co-operation

Boston, MA and Mountain View, CA -March 16, 1999 — Ericsson and Juniper Networks, Inc., today announced a series of strategic agreements enabling the next-generation of multi-service IP network solutions. The first of the agreements is a contract that allows Ericsson full rights to distribute immediately the M40 Internet backbone router as the Ericsson AXI 520. The Ericsson/Juniper cooperation allows carriers and ISPs to take advantage of Ericsson's systems integration and turn-key support, global distribution and professional services, while benefiting from Juniper Networks extensive IP backbone routing experience.

As part of both companies' interest in developing integrated IP solutions, the two also have signed a cooperative technology agreement to explore converging opportunities in voice and IP. Separately Ericsson has increased its minority equity interest in Juniper Networks and taken a position on Juniper Networks Board.

"We chose to work with Juniper because of their broad experience in high performance Internet routers and reputation for delivering flexible, reliable systems. Combined with our expertise in ATM switching and IP telephony, our core IP products are now unsurpassed in the market," said Mike Thurk, president and general manager for Ericsson Datacom Inc. "This agreement signifies our commitment to quickly deliver full next generation IP backbone services."

"Ericsson's deep experience, global deployment and their track record in extensive system integration projects is highly complementary to Juniper Networks," says Scott Kriens, president and CEO of Juniper Networks. "By combining Ericsson's experience with the breadth of Juniper Networks Internet knowledge we will continue to deliver next-generation solutions that revolutionize the customer experience of Internet infrastructure deployment."

Service providers also benefit from Ericsson and Juniper Networks unique, competitive support solution for leading-edge network performance and maintenance. Ericsson provides first and second-line 24x7x365 global support coverage, backed by Juniper Networks JTAC (Juniper Technical Assistance Center) and on-line support services.

The AXI 520 is the first routing system designed specifically to meet the needs of rapidly growing IP-based high-speed service providers. It processes 40 million packets per second, delivering the fastest backbone routing performance today. It also provides unmatched port density from DS3 to OC48 coupled with JUNOS Internet software.

The AXI 520 plays a key role in rounding-out Ericsson's IP core infrastructure product family. The Ericsson Datacom Network solution set includes world-recognized products for use at the core, access, IP services and network management.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with the freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in more than 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers—network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers&#8212the world over.

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About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks is the leading provider of a new generation of high-speed IP infrastructure platforms that meet the scalability, performance, density and compatibility requirements of rapidly evolving optically enabled IP based networks. Using the breakthrough JUNOS software, ASICs, and wire-rate performance of the company's flagship M40 router, Juniper Networks enables new IP, content and broadband access service providers to maintain a competitive advantage by growing their businesses rapidly through new IP service delivery. The M40 is deployed in the world's largest and fastest Internet networks.

The M40 router is supported by Juniper Networks world-class service, support and manufacturing teams and Internet experts. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California* with international offices in Leatherhead, UK. For more information on Juniper Networks, please contact the company at 408-745-2000 or visit their Web site at


Susan Ursch
Juniper Networks
Phone: 978-589-0124

Michelle Rutledge
Ericsson Datacom, Inc.
Phone: 214-520-3555



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