Juniper Networks Plots Advance with the Digital India Project

By Steve Anderson August 17, 2015

The rise of software defined networking (SDN) is making for some major opportunities for some firms, and Juniper Networks looks to be one of them. It's taking a closer look at the Digital India project, and realizing that this drive for greater connectivity is a prime opportunity not just for access to the government market, but also the military market and beyond.

Reports suggest that Juniper is already hard at work making inroads into the Indian market, and already has a major presence in that country's telecom market. Juniper is said to be pushing its line of IT services, complete with SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities particularly hard; word from the company's managing director for India, Amajit Gupta, noted that one telecom firm was already “...trialing this solution...” in the country. Juniper is also expecting more such moves to happen as more telecom firms come on board, putting SDN to work in a bid to change design and operation to improve reliability in the network without having to put a lot of new hardware into play.

What's more, Juniper's Northstar WAN SDN controller is also being tried out by a few of India's largest telecom firms, a move which should allow for better services—voice and video alike, as well as some specific points for the enterprise user—and that's a move that should increase revenues as well.

A recent report from IDC India suggests that Juniper may be in the right place at the right time; the report in question notes that SDN use in India's telecom firms is set to rise substantially before the next 24 months have passed. Some reports suggest that, just by the end of 2016, 63 percent of large enterprises in India will put SDN to work as part of standard network architecture, and that means many more firms will be getting in on the action.

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It's definitely a good time for Juniper to be in the SDN market, particularly in India. Reports suggest that India has proven itself an up-and-coming market for a great many technological advances ranging from 4G service and 4G smartphones to mobile payment systems and several others besides. So for Indian telecom firms to be taking a greater step into SDN—which represents a great way to get more out of a network without the added expense of hardware—is just a smart move. Mobile networks aren't always as robust as fixed counterparts, and given the greatly expanded numbers of users Indian networks will likely see as compared to those in North America, there might actually be more urgency to bring in SDN in the Indian market than in most any other.

Still, it's obvious that SDN is likely facing some big growth numbers, not just in India, but in plenty of other countries as well. SDN's advantages are too great to easily pass up on, and that's a development that's being recognized worldwide.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing NFVZone Writer

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