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NEC and Juniper Networks Expand Global Alliance to Deliver Latest NFV-Based Solutions

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TOKYO, JAPAN and SUNNYVALE, CA --(Marketwired - February 18, 2016) - NEC Corporation (NEC) (TSE: 6701) and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leaders in network innovation, today announced the expansion of their global alliance relationship to deliver Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)-based solutions that allow service providers and enterprises to gain greater service agility to transform their business operations and help them lower overall costs.

The joint solutions combine the NEC Cloud System (OSS building model), which is an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure, with NetCracker's OSS/BSS systems, end-to-end service orchestration, systems integration capabilities and consulting options along with Juniper Networks' networking equipment and virtual network functions (VNFs), such as the Juniper Networks® vMX routing platform and vSRX Virtual Firewall.

Juniper Networks' networking equipment and VNFs (vMX and vSRX) are the building blocks that enable NFV solutions to deliver greater levels of business agility through automation. NEC will leverage Juniper Networks' NFV-ready hardware and software within their enterprise virtualized Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) solution to enable the flexibility of a virtualized service environment. When combined with NetCracker OSS/BSS and end-to-end service orchestration capabilities, the solution can provide service providers and enterprise customers with a viable means of delivering cloud-based business services in a fully automated fashion in near real-time.

NEC and Juniper have been working together since 2003 with a common goal of offering robust solutions for service providers and enterprises, and focusing on key areas, such as microwave/IP backhaul and optical/IP integration, that deliver dynamic, application-aware network performance. With today's announcement, their global alliance relationship expands to include software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV-based solutions to aid customers in the business transformation journey.

The two companies are also working together to expand into new and developing markets, with a focus on Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Key investment areas include integrated technical teams and state-of-the-art lab environments to road-test the latest solutions and targeted innovative industry initiatives, such as Internet of Things (IoT), Retail as a Service and Surveillance as a Service offerings. All NEC and Juniper Networks solutions are supported by a full breadth of professional services programs.

NEC and Juniper Networks will be showcasing a range of solutions at the NEC Booth (Hall 3, Stand #3N10) at Mobile World Congress 2016 taking place at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, February 22-25.

Supporting Quotes

"As part of its commitment to delivering an open, best-in-breed NFV-based solution, NEC has led an SDN/NFV ecosystem program with more than 40 partners worldwide. NEC is thrilled to be working closely with Juniper through this expanded alliance, which will further reinforce the ecosystem and allow NEC and Juniper to jointly offer NFV-based solutions that enable the introduction of innovative new services at higher speed and lower cost."

- Atsuo Kawamura, senior vice president at NEC Corporation

"We see enormous potential in our expanded, long-standing relationship with NEC because it represents the combination of industry-leading technology coupled with a global GTM approach that is strategic and allows both companies to play to their strengths. By harnessing the power of automation and orchestration through SDN and NFV, and by supporting customers as they navigate their OSS transformation journey, Juniper and NEC are well-positioned to help customers capitalize on their IT and network investments."

- Vince Molinaro, executive vice president and chief customer officer at Juniper Networks

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. Juniper Networks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the expanded relationship between Juniper Networks and NEC Corporation; new NEC Corporation and Juniper Networks solutions; integration of their respective products to create new solutions; the expected features, benefits, performance, market receptiveness, effectiveness and competitive advantage of such solutions; the intentions of the parties to expand into developing markets and planned areas for key investments. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult or impossible to predict. The actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of these uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: delays in scheduled product availability, incompatibility of technologies, the failure of Juniper Networks and NEC Corporation to accurately predict emerging technological trends, general demand for NEC Corporation and Juniper products in particular, unpredictable and changing market conditions, risks associated with the deployment, performance and adoption of new products and services, and general market, political, regulatory, economic and business conditions in the United States and internationally.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements in this press release are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in the most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Juniper Networks. Juniper's SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of Juniper's website at http://investor.juniper.net and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Juniper and NEC Corporation as of the date hereof, and NEC Corporation and Juniper disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

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