The need for connectivity is universal and is continually growing as more and more aspects of our lives are enhanced by it. Service providers must, therefore, adapt to survive, transforming their architecture with open networks to deliver a superior user experience while growing sustainably and avoiding vendor lock-ins.
NEC and Juniper Networks Strategic Alliance
The strategic alliance between Juniper Networks and NEC Corporation well positioned to help meet this need. The companies are two of the world’s most respected and adept providers of networking and telecommunication solutions and have collaborated for many years to help facilitate and drive the development and adoption of open, standards-based network solutions.
Between them, the companies support hundreds of customers around the world with their extensive engineering capabilities. The companies support their combined offering of products and services throughout the full network life-cycle – the design, build, operate and optimize stages - with the latest automation capabilities engineered by NEC’s Global Center of Excellence (CoE). Their combined solution features products and services ranging from routers and switches to network management software and cloud-based services.
The firms’ combined networking experience is unmatched, and together, they enable service providers not only to implement innovative 5G services but also to capitalize on new business opportunities in 5G, broadband networks and beyond. Juniper and NEC offer their joint customers the opportunity to work with their team of experts with access to NEC’s CoE (Center of Excellence) labs, enabling service providers to design and simulate multi-vendor networks to accelerate implementation. This includes IP transport and data center networks for demanding requirements and open networks for 5G monetization.
Embrace Network Freedom from Vendor Lock-Ins
Open network flexibility allows NEC and Juniper to deliver increased return of investment (ROI) and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) for service providers. Transforming legacy networks into modernized 5G networks requires new migration paths, enabling the agile creation of new revenue-generating services. NEC and Juniper are committed to open networking standards and technologies, allowing customers more choice to build the most open, flexible and advanced networks.
Juniper’s experience-first networking vision provides innovative networking solutions with self-driving capabilities powered by AI. Its products and services are designed to help customers build and operate networks that are reliable and high-performing yet simple, secure and intelligent.
NEC is on a mission to create a more open, intelligent and inclusive future for networking. The firm’s multi-vendor, multi-layer network engineering services will help to unleash the full potential of 5G and other emerging technologies.
The two organizations also have a demonstrable commitment to sustainability, both working to develop products and solutions that significantly reduce environmental impact and help organizations to meet their climate goals through sustainable technology, circularity and decarbonization of the product lifecyce.
Delivering Benefits for Customers and End Users
The well-established, strategic partnership between Juniper Networks and NEC delivers several key customer and user benefits for customers and their users. Enhanced customer experience is achieved through NEC’s xHaul solution, which incorporates Juniper Cloud Metro and IP transport solutions and data center solutions for the distributed edge cloud. With operations in over 100 countries, Juniper and NEC’s global presence offers expanded market reach, providing customers with local support and service worldwide.
Engineers from both companies design best-of-breed solutions that can be easily integrated with third-party solutions, accelerating the pace of innovation. Additionally, both Juniper and NEC have adopted open technologies, advanced automation and AIOps. In terms of sustainable growth, customers globally can benefit from Juniper and NECs’ pre-tested integrated solutions for scaling networks and achieve sustainable goals via efficient solutions and operations.
One example can be found in the case study of German fiber network operator Tele Columbus, which provides high-speed internet, phone and TV channels to more than three million homes under its brand PŸUR. As the company expands its fiber-to-the-home and broadband internet services, it is investing in a next-generation network to enable sustainable business growth.
Tele Columbus wanted to move to an open and converged interconnect network architecture, to increase agility, optimize the quality of the user experience and significantly improve ROI and the total cost of ownership. The company engaged with the NEC 5G Transport Network CoE in EMEA and chose the Juniper Cloud Metro solution. This enabled all services to be managed and delivered more cost-effectively from a single infrastructure.
“The Cloud Metro solution, the partnership of Juniper and NEC and attentive local support matched our needs and has shown us the value of simplicity, innovation, and open, multi-vendor principles,” said Michael Fränkle, Chief Technology Officer, Tele Columbus. “This has enabled a migration path that honors Tele Columbus’ vision, sustainability imperatives and commercial considerations front and center.”
On the other side of the world, Millicom is accelerating the digital transformation of Latin America, providing mobile services and cable TV to 55 million consumers and connectivity and cloud services to 300,000 businesses through its TIGO brand.
As the company set out to build a telco cloud infrastructure to support the rapid expansion of 4G services and provide a foundation for 5G, it quickly recognized that success hinged on having a flexible network in its Tier 3 data centers. To build cloud-scale capabilities for 5G, they needed to transform the IP fabric underlay network.
Juniper and NEC worked closely together, bringing innovative solutions and expert network integration capabilities to help Millicom standardize, simplify and automate data center operations across multiple countries and flexibly adjust according to local requirements.
“We aligned our cloud transformation with the data center network transformation with Juniper and NEC as our trusted advisors. Working with Juniper and NEC, we created a data center architecture that is future-proof”, said Rita Fuziol, Director of Data Center, Cloud and Infrastructure, Millicom.
With Juniper’s and NEC’s solutions, service providers around the world can solve complex challenges by building resilient, scalable, and agile network infrastructure that supports its growth strategy and prepares them to meet their sustainability goals. Together, Juniper and NEC can help accelerate the network transformation for Service Providers.