Juniper Networks expands 5G offering to service providers

Created February 25, 2019
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Juniper Networks has announced a major refresh to its metro, edge and core solutions to accelerate service providers’ 5G transformation. 5G networks offer providers an opportunity to increase revenues through new services that simply weren’t possible before, said Juniper, including “near-zero latency” applications around IoT, AR/VR and connected cars.

However, with these services comes exponential traffic growth and heightened performance demands, new security threats, and operational complexity. “To meet these demands, service providers must transform their networks to be secure, automated and cloud-ready, and be capable of delivering diverse services in a simple, yet agile and cost-efficient way,” said Juniper

As part of its 5G drive, Juniper Networks is offering IP-optimised silicon enabling 400GbE density on a new 14.4Tbps line card, new ACX access and aggregation platforms, and an expanded MX 5G router portfolio.

“These new Juniper solutions will help service providers achieve a holistic approach to infrastructure transformation,” the vendor said. Combined with Juniper’s Contrail software portfolio, the infrastructure enhancements promise to deliver a secure, automated and cloud-centric architecture that will “unlock new revenue opportunities for service providers”.

The offering includes:

1 RU ACX700 Universal Metro Router

3 RU ACX700 Universal Metro Router

The new MPC11E line card in the MX2000 Series 5G Universal Routing Platform, powered by Juniper’s Penta Silicon. Juniper’s Triton Silicon that enables end-to-end secure connectivity at scale with 400GbE native MACsec support in a networking chip

The Juniper Penta Silicon-powered MPC11E line cards for MX2000 and Triton Silicon-powered 14.4Tb line cards are expected to be available during the second half of 2019. The 1 and 3 RU ACX700 routers will be available in “early 2020.”

Brendan Gibbs, vice president of product management at Juniper Networks, said: “Service providers seek agility, cost savings and new services from 5G networks, but capitalising on these benefits requires a complete transformation of infrastructures, operations and services.

“We are giving service providers the building blocks required to create 5G-ready networks built for simplicity and agility that are capable of supporting immense traffic demands for the future.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation