Juniper Networks announced earlier this week that it had expanded its Carrier Ethernet portfolio with new platforms, system hardware, and software enhancements.

Cable and telco operators have embraced Carrier Ethernet services whole-heartedly over the past few years, which means vendors are coming up with improved platforms. Juniper’s expanded platform is designed to enable the efficient and cost-effective deployment of Ethernet networks and services.

Specifically, Juniper added the MX240 and MX480 Services Routers, and also announced a new suite of Dense Port Concentrator (DPC) cards for the MX product series.

“The MX240 and 480 extend the high-performance and capacity of the MX960 to compact form factors that fit a broad range of applications,” said Raj Patel, vice president of network, system and storage engineering at Yahoo!, in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to see Juniper expanding its MX-series portfolio with this announcement.”

The MX-series leverages JUNOS software as its operating system, which Juniper said now delivers many scalable Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) innovations and new Layer 2 operations, administration and management (OAM) capabilities and features, in addition to full Layer 2 switching.

The MX240 and MX480 can simultaneously support up to 120 and 240 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, respectively, and both platforms scale to support over 1 million MAC addresses.