50 more Australian staff to be hired as Juniper gears up for NBN

Melbourne office growing due to vendor's NBN service offerings and financial sector push

Another 50 Australian staff will be hired for Juniper Network's Melbourne office as the company anticipates National Broadband Network (NBN) growth in its service provider business as well as expansion into the financial sector.

Internet service provider (ISP), iiNet, has begun trialling 100 gigabit per second ethernet on Juniper's backbone network, which is part of its service provider business.

Juniper ANZ vice president, Mark Iles, said in a statement that he expects the NBN to stimulate increased use of Cloud-based services in Australia as well as provide a technical "step up" for distributed enterprises such as banks, national retailers and government agencies.

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He also said that the company chose Melbourne for its expansion as it was the heart of the financial industry and key to Juniper's move into the sector.

"We are already making headway with some of Australia's big four banks. We hope to build on that, with the plan to double our local headcount," Iles said.

The company's new office in Melbourne's Southbank district was opened by the Victorian minister for technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, this week.

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