“We’re a winning business because we can deliver multiple services over a single connection and that’s entirely down to the Juniper platform. It’s been rock-solid with no issues whatsoever.” -Tom O’Hagan, founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Virtual1
“Our network needs to be reliable and work, but it needs to go beyond that. With Juniper, we can provide differentiated services to customers— services that are reliable, low cost, and well-supported.” Luke Guillory, Network Operations Manager, RTC Reserve Telecommunications
GVTC Communications is a telecommunications company that meets Texas-sized expectations as it serves the region north of San Antonio and the Gonzales area with unprecedented commitment. This company brought phone service to the Hill Country in 1951 when no other company would, and still continues to provide top-flight communications services and powerful technologies to residents and businesses. GVTC Communications’ goal is to connect their customers to the world through better technology. They provide leading-edge technologies, including, ultra-speed internet connections, digital TV, unlimited local and long distance calling, 24/7 security monitoring, home fiber optics network and business fiber optics network. Seeking to expand its service area for gigabit services, GVTC needed broadband aggregation routers with higher port densities than what was available from its existing from previous vendor while conserving expensive IP addresses. GVTC looked towards the Juniper Networks ACX 5048 Universal Access Router, and the MX104 3D Universal Edge router to meet the growing demand for voice, data, internet and other digital services that helped the company expand its coverage area and ensure that its network continued to keep up with its customers’ high expectations. Being a leader in fiber broadband, GVTC knew it had an incredible reputation to uphold in being a technology leader. The Juniper routers GVTC deployed provided GVTC with a higher port density, robust MPLS feature set that its service relied on, including Internet, Layer 3 VPN, and VPLS, as well as Ethernet and IP traffic. The company believed that it would be able to reach its potential, and continue to grow with the MX2014 and make better use of their IPv4. GVTC swapped its existing routers with the ACX Series devices without a hitch as metro Ethernet access and aggregation solutions are ideal for cost effective services with robust support. One of the top benefits of deploying Juniper routers according to Senior Network Engineer, Aaron Gould, is that the network is designed to be fault tolerant, so if one router shuts down or fails, the other carries the load. This feature comes at an important time as GVTC has recently expanded its gigabit fiber service in small communities to attract economic development. The redesigned network is easier to manage and less expensive to operate because GVTC no longer has to pay for costly monthly support which was a drain on the operating budget. The Junos operating system, the common OS running through all Juniper products ensures a shortened deployment time. This not only saves GVTC operating costs, but also gives the team an opportunity to manage Juniper Networks SRX Series Gateways which provide improved firewall services and advanced threat protection. GVTC Communications and Juniper Networks share a common vision of challenging the status quo of products, solutions and services. GVTC is at the forefront of innovation as it delivers high performance and reliable communication services to customers in small communities. The network more efficient than ever, which has allowed GVTC to allocate its service where it can compete effectively with national service providers. The partnership of Juniper Networks has allowed for the continued success of GVTC communications by offering a redesigned network that is not only easier to manage and less expensive to operate, but also by ensuring quality services that exceed GVTC’s Texas-sized customer expectations.