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Juniper, Nokia Siemens in Ethernet Pact

Juniper and Nokia Siemens are joining forces in a carrier Ethernet partnership.

Sales-starved networking gearmakers

Juniper

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and

Nokia

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Siemens

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say they are joining forces in a so-called carrier Ethernet partnership.

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The move would consolidate the Ethernet switching and transport business under a combined operation located in The Netherlands. No financial terms of the joint venture were disclosed.

Ethernet is the preferred communications protocol between computer networks and its affordable high-capacity technology has spread beyond business systems to phone networks.

Other players in the Ethernet switching arena are

Cisco

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and

Ciena

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, among others.