Juniper and Ericsson marry the needs of 5G to the data centre




Much is promised from 5G, and with commercial roll-outs now being ramped up in APAC and North America, the partners think they have the answer to ease the deployment headaches of service providers in their control rooms and data centres.

Juniper Networks and Ericsson have extended their partnership to serve the needs of commercial 5G deployments and the integration of edge data centres. They are offering service providers a complete 5G transport network solution with single pane of glass visibility to manage the new requirements of next-generation mobile service delivery.

While 5G is promising to be a game changer for the next generation of business and consumer services, the increase in connectivity, network traffic and customer expectations will create new challenges for managing the mobile transport network in a cost-effective way. Evolving 5G use cases – including connected cars, AR/VR and 8K video streaming – and the associated 5G radio requirements needed to support these diverse applications will place additional demands across the network.

Capacity, connectivity, latency, synchronisation, reliability and security needs will all require tighter integration between the 5G radio, core and transport layers of an end-to-end mobile network.

The partnership combines Juniper’s routing for next generation WAN services and IP transport, and Ericsson’s Router 6000 and MINI-LINK portfolio for distributed, centralised and virtualised radio access. In addition, the solution leverages Juniper’s Unified Cybersecurity Platform to secure the entire 5G mobile infrastructure against ever-expanding and sophisticated threats.

For access, fronthaul/backhaul, customers will be offered the Ericsson Router 6000 line. Ericsson Fronthaul 6000 includes high density optical solutions that complement microwave solutions for CPRI and eCPRI transport. For microwave radio backhaul, Ericsson’s MINI-LINK is a 5G-ready microwave technology.

For WAN services and IP transport, Juniper’s MX and PTX Series provide versatility to support mobile infrastructure for 10G/100G/400G optical transport, and simplified operations with Juniper’s Junos OS software functionality. Juniper’s MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform is a WAN edge services solution designed to deliver programmability, cost efficiency and versatility with performance at scale.

And Juniper’s PTX Series Packet Transport Routers are built to optimise IP/MPLS transport for backbone, peering and converged metro core applications. Also, Juniper’s transport routers offer integrated dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) interfaces with interoperability between the MX and PTX series and Ericsson’s Router 6000.

Ericsson and Juniper will be demonstrating their end-to-end 5G transport solution at the MWC Americas show in Los Angeles on 12-14 September.

Manoj Leelanivas, chief product officer at Juniper Networks, said: “Commercial 5G is expected to represent close to a quarter of all global network traffic in the next five years. Juniper and Ericsson will help customers simplify their journey to fully operational 5G networks.”

Nishant Batra, head of product area networks at Ericsson, said: “By combining Ericsson’s transport portfolio with Juniper’s best-in-class edge, core and security portfolio, our customers will benefit from the one-stop-shop approach, making it easier for them to build and operate high-performing 5G networks.”