Riverstone Networks today announced that the Wuhan Branch of China Telecom has deployed Riverstone's RS 3000 and RS 8000 Ethernet routers to link its existing ATM and Ethernet networks.

China Telecom selected Riverstone based on its ability to interoperate with both the legacy ATM and more modern Metro Ethernet equipment within the Wuhan branch. Using the Riverstone routers, the Wuhan branch is able to leverage its investment in its legacy transport network while moving toward a more economical, Ethernet network. In addition, Riverstone's ATM and Ethernet access interfaces allow the Wuhan branch to continue to provide its existing enterprise customers with the same service level agreements (SLAs) and quality of service (QoS) that they currently enjoy without any changes to their networks.

The Wuhan branch will initially use Riverstone's Ethernet solutions to provide high-speed leased line services, including Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), to its enterprise data customers. Because Riverstone's product line is optimized for MPLS, the Wuhan branch will also be able to utilize the solution to provide any MPLS service offerings it chooses to add going forward.

China Telecom is the latest in a string of Chinese carriers to deploy Riverstone's metro Ethernet solutions. Others include China Railcom, China Netcom, Shanxi Cable, PCCW-HKT Network Services Limited, Chunghwa Telecom and Hutchison Global Crossing. Riverstone's RS 3000 and RS 8000 Ethernet routers provide Ethernet access and aggregation respectively. Built specifically for carrier networks, they provide greater scalability and reliability than those Ethernet routers typically deployed within a business' campus environment.

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