Juniper, Nokia Expand Relationship to Address the Emerging Software Cellco

By Paula Bernier May 05, 2014

Carriers are scrambling as they see over-the-top services such as Skype and WhatsApp eating into their revenues, as discussed in the April cover story of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. In a move to battle the OTT threat, carriers have joined forces to develop standards that will allow their equipment to run on more affordable and agile off-the-shelf servers that will enable them to more effectively manage their networks.

This, of course, is a game-changer not only for the telcos, but also for the companies that provide them with the hardware and software that powers their networks. So telecom infrastructure providers working to get into position to respond to network functions virtualization and software-defined networking movements. In an effort to do just that, Juniper Networks and Nokia announced today they are expanding their long-standing partnership to address mobile broadband in the new world.

That involves combining the Juniper MetaFabric data center architecture, which includes its SDN-based Contrail network virtualization and cloud network automation solution, with the Nokia NFV-based Liquid Core solution. The joint solution is slated to be available later this year.

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"We believe operators need a High-IQ mobile edge that connects their infrastructure to the telco cloud and leverages network and service virtualization throughout,” says Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO of Juniper Networks. “Nokia and Juniper are focused on providing open networking solutions that matter most to mobile operators to enable carriers to become cloud builders in order to speed service delivery and optimize their cloud networks."

The growing relationship between Juniper and Nokia is interesting given the were rumor circulating in February that Nokia Oyj was considering a purchase of Juniper, as previously reported by NFVZone. Juniper moved into the SDN space in late 2012 via the acquisition of Contrail Systems, and detailed in SDN strategy and new software licensing model in early 2013.

And Nokialast year was named an NFV and SDN leader by ABI Research, which believes that SDN and virtualization of the Evolved Packet Core in 4G LTE networks will be $400 million market by 2018.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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