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Juniper, Nokia to deliver fully interoperable Carrier Ethernet

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet Carrier? Juniper Nokia? provider service?

Juniper Networks Inc. and Nokia Siemens Networks announced an enhancement to their partnership with plans to deliver a fully interoperable Carrier Ethernet solution intended to provide resilient access and aggregation for service providers worldwide.

The enhanced partnership intends to bring the vision of a unified Carrier Ethernet solution supporting all services on a single network.

The Carrier Ethernet solution is planned to provide an end-to-end portfolio consisting of the Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet Services Router, Nokia Siemens Networks A-series Carrier Ethernet Switch and the ASPEN "single click" network management system. The complementary products and technologies are intended to provide service provider customers with the industry's best Carrier Ethernet solution for mobile backhaul, enterprise and residential services. Current plans are for the new Carrier Ethernet solution to be sold by the both companies or qualified resellers. The targeted availability date is 2H 09, subject to compliance with applicable laws.

"The adoption of carrier Ethernet is accelerating, especially for mobile backhaul and enterprise access applications," says John Mazur, Ovum principal analyst for switching and routing. "Still, network and element management across systems manufactured by different vendors is a major concern for network operators. Integrated end to end management of Carrier Ethernet and IP is not only highly desirable but also a critical requirement for next-generation networks."

"With this solution, we are expanding the breadth and depth of our relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks," said Kim Perdikou, executive VP and general manager of infrastructure products group at Juniper Networks.

"Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks' complementary Carrier Ethernet solution is targeted to enable service providers to innovate in broadband services while driving efficiency of investments," said Bernd Schumacher, head of broadband connectivity solutions at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Customers need to have the right combination that offers them an open, industry standard, scalable portfolio."

Juniper Networks MX-series is a family of Ethernet services routers with switching features that support advanced services and applications. Consisting of the MX960, MX480 and MX240, the MX-series Ethernet services routers provide high port-density routing and switching in a range of highly efficient, high-performance hardware platforms. The MX-series leverages JUNOS software, a single OS running routing, switching and security platforms from Juniper Networks.

The Nokia Siemens Networks A-series is a Carrier-Ethernet switching portfolio providing an effective evolution path from the existing TDM networks towards the next-generation Ethernet Transport networks. The A-series provides the SDH carrier-class characteristics over a modern Carrier Ethernet network. Additionally, it enables greater cost-efficiencies by carrying both voice and data traffic with higher traffic volumes at lower costs. The A-series can serve as an access solution located at the customer premises or as an aggregation unit that gathers traffic from different customer networks.

A major operational cost factor for operators is the administration efforts in the network. Nokia Siemens Networks' ASPEN network management system simplifies the network management, eliminating the need to configure individual nodes and perform laborious traffic engineering. Instead, end-to-end connections are set up in a point-and-click fashion.

Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks have a long standing partnership that encompasses IP aggregation, edge and core products, and have deployed solutions in more than 200 service providers around the world.





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