Ericsson and Juniper Networks optimize joint portfolio for 5G

Ericsson and Juniper Networks optimize joint portfolio for 5G

The Swedish mobile network technology provider Ericsson and the provider of network, cloud and security applications Juniper Networks have updated their joint portfolio. This mainly concerns important updates for the integration with the latest mobile technology 5G.

According to both companies, who are announcing this on the eve of the Mobile World Congress 2019, which will take place in Barcelona next week, the improvements presented now focus on the 5G network transfer and the security of these networks. This means that the complexity of these networks must be reduced, automation can be applied and operators will be able to manage these networks much more easily.

Automation using Dynamic Orchestration

A first concrete update within the above framework is that the NorthStar SDN controller from Juniper Networks now fully integrates with the Dynamic Orchestration software from the Swedish manufacturer. This provides a seamless grip from the location of radio cells to the core of the packet network, including the data center gateway.

Operators can thus automate and integrate all kinds of connectivity services within the transfer domain into one integrated network slice. Ericsson’s Wide Area Network Orchestrator (WANO) acts as a hierarchical SDN controller that takes care of the configuration of connectivity services.

In addition, the addition of network transfer orchestration to the Ericsson ensures that the network slice has guaranteed bandwidth. Users can also consult key performance indicators such as the latency. In addition, the solution now on offer also enables further improvements for operators using Juniper Networks’ MX routers, according to both suppliers.

Security integration for RAN equipment, routers and gateways

Another update that has now been carried out concerns the security of mobile networks. The Juniper Networks portfolio is now further integrated with Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) solutions. In addition to the recently introduced 5G High Layer vRAN, the Ericsson security functionality is now complemented by the network specialist’s SRX and vSRX gateway series. This provides operators with Ericsson’s IPSec security accreditation that strengthens network security and extends it to all parts of the network.

The Juniper Networks PTX, MX and SRX router products will also be integrated with Ericsson Security Manager. This solution provides, among other things, automated optimisation of network security and also enforces security rules with it. In this way it becomes possible for operators to roll out and commission their network up and ready in a short period of time.

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