Juniper Networks 5G

3 Juniper Networks innovations that help shape a 5G-ready network

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Juniper Networks has been a technology player in the service provider market for a considerable period. With their routers, switches, security and fabric portfolio, Juniper Networks has deployments in many service providers. Nomios has been a Juniper Networks partner for over 15 years and built up a considerable amount of knowledge of their portfolio by implementing Juniper Networks solutions across Europe.

As developments in the market continue at a high pace, here are the highlights of the latest developments from Juniper Networks that can help service providers to grow their network and services with the latest standards.

Secure, automated cloud architecture is required by a 5G-ready network

The future looks promising as with the introduction 5G, you will be able to deploy many innovative scenarios. Imagine playing an immersive VR video game on your cell phone with friends around the world, in real-time, with zero delays, while travelling in a self-driving car… it’s not that far-fetched. This is just one of the many possible scenarios that the future holds with the 5G transition. The potential pace, scale and economic growth enabled by 5G will result in another technology revolution that will transform humanity as we know it.

What we know so far is that 5G will smash the current 4G speed limitation, increasing it by up to one thousand times enabling 8K video applications and allowing rural subscribers to enjoy the same experience as their urban counterparts. 5G will also dramatically lower network application latency from tenths of milliseconds to just a few milliseconds, giving rise to near real-time machine-to-machine interaction. Fully autonomous robotic factories could request maintenance before any failures occur, while a fleet of drones could apply pesticides to crops with surgical precision.

As service providers start implementing their 5G buildouts, they are evaluating which vendors to partner with for new innovations that can be incorporated into their existing or new networks. This is where Juniper Networks can be very valuable. Juniper Networks has a track record of success in assisting service providers through their infrastructure, operations and services transformation with a simple but powerful approach: simplify, scale-out and secure the network and the cloud, automate the full operational lifecycle and lastly, embrace cloud-centric architectures to unlock new service opportunities.

1. New Metro Fabric Innovations

Last year, Juniper Networks introduced an entirely new routing portfolio that addresses metro traffic growth rates as they outpace all other network segments due to the explosion of LTE, IoT and cloud-based services. This makes the metro a platform for network innovation and development. With the introduction of Juniper Networks Metro Fabric, a new approach has been established to enable Service Providers with an adaptive, agile and secure network infrastructure, designed from the bottom up for network simplicity and service automation. The ACX Universal Metro Router portfolio continues to expand to address all use cases across access, pre-aggregation and aggregation to assist in the 5G Transition, from 4G LTE to 5G.

5G will drive access speeds up, causing secure, environmentally hardened 10GbE and 25GbE interconnect requirements to become more prevalent. The all-new ACX700 Series will be a perfect match with multiple 10GbE, 25GbE and 100GbE interface support, rugged design, IPsec encryption and precise timing support for 5G networks. 100GbE layer-two transport security and integrated packet-optical requirements are also becoming commonplace within the metro to prevent the unlawful intercept of IP traffic and improve the optical spectral efficiency to better amortize fibre assets. The new ACX700 series portfolio will increase the breadth and depth of Juniper Networks’ Metro Fabric solutions, helping service providers transform their metro investments into a competitive differentiator that their customers will value during the 5G era.

2. New Edge Innovations

Juniper Networks is extending the MX Series Fifth Generation (5G) Universal Routing Platform benefits, found in the MX960/480/240, to their flagship MX2000 series of routers with the introduction of Penta Silicon powered MPC11E line card. MX2000 series customers will enjoy all of the same groundbreaking innovations introduced on the MX960, including 3x bandwidth per slot improvement over the previous generation, world-class economics with improved system efficiency reaching 0.34 watts per gigabit, integrated MACsec and IPsec encryption. In addition, it features scalable IPsec sessions control, native investment protection with forward and backward capability with previous generation line cards and near-infinite programmability to address any unforeseen protocol and technology innovations that may emerge with 5G.

3. New Core Innovations

Delivering secure IP Transport for 5G and beyond, Juniper Networks will continue to lead the way with the industry’s highest performance core routing solutions for both scale-up and scale-out architectures. Starting with a purpose-built 400GbE optimized chip - Juniper Networks Triton Silicon - the PTX10008 and PTX10016 routers will now offer 100s of Tb of capacity in a single chassis, providing the ultimate investment protection for any routing platform on the market. At the heart of the industry’s most powerful core router is the all-new Juniper Networks Triton Silicon, powering the new 14.4 Tbps per slot line card, supporting high-density 100GbE and 400GbE performance with improved power per bit efficiency down to 0.15 watts per gigabit to support increasing traffic demands. Juniper Networks is again setting the industry benchmark for core IP Transport by providing Service Providers with the necessary 100GbE and 400GbE toolkit to stay competitive and address ballooning traffic volumes in an operational-friendly design to stay relevant as they transform their infrastructure in the 5G era.

And complementing these infrastructure enhancements, Juniper Networks’ Contrail integrated software suite enables service providers to transform from managing individual devices to automating the full operational lifecycle, simplifying the design, implementation and operations of the network.

5G networks built on a secure, automated cloud architecture will enable faster and more productive mobile services for subscribers, enhanced vertical opportunities (including IoT) for enterprises and a greater mobile broadband experience to fixed services. This will open up significant new revenue streams at a time when incomes are flat to shrinking and where capital and operational expenditures are weighing down service provider margins.

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