Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Juniper Networks announced an expansion of their long-term partnership today (11 October 2013). The agreement now covers secure IP connectivity for high-performance mobile broadband networks via jointly-developed solutions that meet the end-to-end needs of operators.
With the introduction of LTE and LTE Advanced, IP plays an essential role in mobile broadband networks. Efficient backhaul solutions between the radio and core network are necessary to meet the low latency and high capacity requirements of LTE networks with time-sensitive applications and services.
Smartphone and mobile device users are expecting high service availability, fast Internet access and clear voice quality. NSN and Juniper Networks offer solutions for enhancing quality of experience and overall customer satisfaction while guaranteeing network security.
The new solutions focus upon these four key areas essential to deliver high-performance mobile broadband:
- Next generation mobile backhaul: for mobile operators that need to upgrade and consolidate their backhaul networks to support LTE and LTE-Advanced architecture.
- Radio access security: to encrypt and firewall traffic coming into the mobile network over the LTE, as well as the 2G/3G radio access network.
- Mobile site connectivity: for operators upgrading or extending their mobile infrastructure with the latest NSN products at the controller sites and at the mobile core.
- Carrier-grade NAT (network address translation): for operators facing exhaustion of public IPv4 addresses and planning for IPv6 migration.
Gerhard Staudenherz, head of OEM products business line at NSN, said: “Joint solution development with Juniper Networks ensures smooth network integration and high quality for our customers. Our end-to-end solutions based on open standards undergo thorough interoperability testing, which translates into cost savings for operators. Moreover, in addition to improving network availability and quality, our Radio Access Security solution is the market-leading 3GPP compliant solution.”
David Fremaux, vice president of strategic alliances, Juniper Networks, said: “The advent of LTE means that mobile networks have become focused on the transition to IP.NSN and Juniper together deliver an exemplary knowledge base and experience of mobile and IP technology. These four solutions build the best platform for mobile broadband operators as they meet the huge demand for speed, connectivity and security at scale. These are the first steps in the extended partnership, which we expect to deliver network infrastructure for future generations of mobile services.”
NSN said that all the solutions described are commercially available today.