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Kazakhtelecom JSC Completes Successful 100G Field Trial with Coriant and Juniper Networks

Coriant's Converged Packet Optical Solution Combined with Juniper Networks' Core Routers Improve Network Capacity and Efficiency in Cross-Country Field Trial

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 11 November 2014 – Kazakhtelecom JSC, Kazakhstan's leading service provider, today announced it has successfully demonstrated a nationwide 100 Gigabit-per-second (100G) optical network connection in a live field trial. This live trial is part of many expansion projects for Kazakhtelecom JSC. The company is working to expand its high-performance and high-bandwidth fiber optic network to transmission rates of 100G addressing the ever-increasing demand for faster, more reliable and cost-efficient broadband business and consumer services in Kazakhstan. Kazakhtelecom JSC selected Coriant and Juniper Networks exclusively to provide the needed Integrated Packet Transport Network (IPTN) to build a converged packet optical national backbone. The IPTN field trial featured integrated end-to-end provisioning of 100G services across a seamless and resilient Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) infrastructure optimized for existing and new high-speed services and applications in and through the Kazakhtelecom JSC network.

The network architecture collaboration between Juniper and Coriant includes a provisioning framework for 100G DWDM services originating from Juniper Networks' PTX 5000 to the Coriant™ hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform. The IPTN field trial ran 1,575 km between Aktobe and Astana. The flexibility of the IPTN solution allowed Kazakhtelecom JSC to successfully conduct the field trial alongside an existing 100G coherent network carrying live traffic, demonstrating the engineering robustness of the IPTN network architecture. During the trial on this link, which included spans reaching up to 130 km in length, the network performed perfectly with a zero bit error rate and sufficient margin to cover future network expansion.

"We currently have over 50 projects dedicated to the development and upgrade of our fixed line and mobile networks across Kazakhstan," said Nurlan Meirmanov, Managing Director of Innovations, Kazakhtelecom JSC. "With the achievement of this field trial, the IPTN solution shows that we can reduce the operational costs and decrease the delay in provisioning of new services in the IP layer as well as in the optical transport layer. This will bring us to the next step in our network upgrades that will enable the feature of multi-layer Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control plane for automated service provisioning. The scalability and flexibility of Coriant and Juniper's systems have been critical to our success."

"Juniper is deeply committed to collaborating with our partners with the end goal of enabling the success of our customers. Kazakhtelecom's success in 100G is yet another proof point in our vision to deliver High-IQ Networks that bring tighter coupling of optical networking technology with our IP/MPLS expertise to simplify operational points in ever-growing traffic demands," said Paul Obsitnik, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks.

"The performance of our IPTN solution within this field trial further confirms our customer focus and helps operators to simplify their operations and accelerate time-to-service for new applications," commented Harald Bock, CTO Technology Strategy, Coriant. "This 100G field trial reaffirms Coriant's innovation leadership in optical transport and again demonstrates the only true long-haul IP-Optical interworking available in the industry."

About Kazakhtelecom JSC

Kazakhtelecom JSC - a leading service provider in Kazakhstan and one of the most rapidly developing telecom companies in post-Soviet countries - provides a wide range of ICT services. 51% of Kazakhtelecom's shares belong to the Government of Kazakhstan in the name of Fund of National Welfare 'Samruk-Kazyna'. Kazakhtelecom's headquarters is based in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. The company has branches in each oblast (province) of Kazakhstan and provides telecom services all over the country. Kazakhtelecom also has representative offices in the Russian Federation, People's Republic of China and Republic of Tajikistan. The operator serves more than 3.333 million subscribers of fixed lines. Telephone density in Kazakhstan is about 23.4 fixed lines per 100 people. Kazakhtelecom JSC closely cooperates with more than 40 international service providers. More information about Kazakhtelecom JSC is available at www.telecom.kz.

About Coriant

Coriant, founded as an independent company in 2013, is an industry-leading supplier of dynamic metro-to-core transport solutions. We serve over 500 customers globally, including 90% of the world's top 50 service providers. Our packet optical, edge router and Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions enable mobile and fixed line operators to reduce network complexity, increase service velocity, and improve resource utilization as transport networks scale in response to a new generation of high-bandwidth services and applications. Coriant was formed from the distinguished technology heritage and proven networking expertise of Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Networks, Tellabs, and Sycamore Networks. The company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries, with R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Canada and the United States, as well as a state-of-the-art production center in Berlin, Germany. Learn more at www.coriant.com.

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Scott Larson Media Relations Coriant +1.978.250.3433 scott.larson@coriant.com

Charlie Crockwell / Passion Hemphill  MWW +44 (0) 203.725.2328 / +1.312.981.8541 Coriant@MWW.com

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