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Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks to introduce unified carrier Ethernet solution in first quarter 2010


KUALA LUMPUR, 29 NOVEMBER 2009 – Networking solutions firms Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said they would introduce a unified carrier Ethernet solution for converged networks in quarter one of 2010.

Speaking at the Carrier Ethernet World APAC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Juniper vice president, service provider marketing & partnerships, Andrew Coward, said that the benefits of this approach would deliver cost-effectiveness that such a simple access technology offers.

“[This approach] includes a connection-oriented solution that gives complete control over the network with no spoofing issues to worry about in a dynamic IP/MPLS [Internet Protocol/ MultiProtocol Label Switching] mechanism, carrier-class connectivity, centralised NMS [Network Management System] -based provisioning for hassle-free lightning-speed provisioning, and pre-provisioned paths and services that minimise re-convergence issues when network failures occur,” said Coward.

He said that the industry is in a critical transition period where business models and technology are experiencing rapid change. 

“Much of the current (service provider) revenue derives from traditional services such as voice and circuit based data services but revenue growth and customer focus comes from services such as streaming video, digital TV, managed telepresence, online advertising, mobile advertising, location-based services, mobile data services, wireless broadband services, CDN [content delivery network], cloud – to name a few – which, to be delivered cost effectively must ride on a shared packet based IP network,” Coward said. 

Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks founded a joint venture in October 2009, to bring together Carrier and Metro Ethernet products – switches, routers and management tools – to deliver converged Transport and IP Carrier Ethernet solutions, to take advantage of this opportunity.

CAGR 20 per cent

Coward added that these new services are expected to experience 20 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), according to a Yankee Group, December 2008).  “Whereas legacy services such as VPN [Virtual Personal Network], fixed broadband access, mobile voice and wireline voice have very low single digit CAGR at best.”

“The challenge is to transition the network and the business model to take advantage of service opportunities and offset declining revenue and margins from more traditional services,” he said.

“Carriers tend – as all investors do- to follow a down-to-earth vision,” he said. “They plan network evolution on the basis of detailed analysis supported by trials, tests and evaluations. But their near-term investments must take long-term vision into account.”

“This means the evolution to a consolidated network architecture must still protect the investment in existing legacy but must simultaneously enable new packet services that drive revenue and margin,” said Coward. “This leads to the sticky question ‘when is the right time to migrate my TDM [Time-division multiplexing] services into a pure packet network without disturbing my existing revenue flows and without affecting service quality?’“   

Step by step approach

“From experience we can say there is no big-bang approach and those that have talked publicly about an overnight switch-over have found that a step-by-step approach is the only logical and economically viable approach,” said Coward.

“The timing of the migration is based on the assumption that the technology available has the capability to emulate or transport the existing services without loss of quality or user experience,” he said. “Advances in the pairing of Ethernet (from a cost and bit-rate perspective) and MPLS (from a reliability and service quality perspective) over the last three years provide today, the necessary attributes to make this transition not just possible but highly desirable and are forming the foundation of service provider’s growth plans.    Critically, this technology pairing means that customers are served not just raw, commodity bandwidth, but real service value.”

Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks to introduce unified carrier Ethernet solution in first quarter 2010

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