Juniper axes cable equipment line

Juniper Networks on Monday announced it will stop selling its G-series Cable Modem Terminations Systems (CMTS) products and will instead forge a partnership with former competitor Arris Group.

Used by cable network providers, CMTS offerings are used to transfer data between providers and their customers.

Chris Bridge, cable segment marketing manager for Juniper in Sunnyvale, Calif. said that Juniper dropped the line in order to increase the company’s ability to provide more effective solutions to cable companies – from being an end-to-end vendor in the cable space to a more supporting role.

“As we looked at our ability to deliver what [cable companies] need, we looked at the situation and it didn’t make sense to keep the CMTS product and be competitive with other CMTS vendors when the rest of Juniper’s products are incredibly complementary to the rest of the CMTS vendors’ products,” he explained. “So it really made a lot of sense in how we were going to approach the cable market to step back from a competitive position…and take a cooperative role with other CMTS vendors.”

Juniper sold two CMTS products, the G-10, a high-density, highly scalable chassis-based system, and the G-1, which was a compact single-unit CMTS, Bridge said.

The company will continue to provide updates and replacement parts for these products until April 2004, and will provide technical support until August 2005, Bridge said.

However, 65 of Juniper’s employees will be laid off as result of dropping the G-series, and these layoffs will occur mainly at the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. and its office in Paris, France.

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