Juniper announces open mobile core for 2G/3G, LTE
MobileNext is designed to enable operators to profit from smartphone data traffic
Juniper Networks has announced its first open mobile core for 2G/3G and LTE networks, designed to enable mobile operators to profit from the increase in mobile data traffic from smartphones and other mobile device types, called MobileNext.
The system is based on the Juniper Networks MX 3D Universal Edge Router and Junos software platform.
MobileNext is designed to allow scalability of mobile sessions, set up rates and forwarding capacity, enable high-definition voice and video delivery between 3G and LTE for non-interrupted user experience while integrating a portfolio of in-line IP services.
These in-line services include Deep Packet Inspection, Traffic Direct for Internet offload, Carrier Grade NAT, Firewall, Video Optimisation, MPLS, and Application Load Balancing.
MobileNext features three key elements for 2G/3G and LTE mobile packet cores; MobileNext Broadband Gateway, MobileNext Control Gateway and MobileNext Policy Manager.
The MobileNext Broadband Gateway: Providing GGSN and PDN/Serving Gateway functions in one platform, the MobileNext Broadband Gateway delivers scale and performance with uncompromised in-line IP services while enabling service creation with the Junos SDK for operators to innovate profitable data services.
The MobileNext Control Gateway provides SGSN and MME functions for 2G/3G and LTE mobile packet cores and is designed to deliver control plane functions for mobile networks including user authentication and mobility management.
The MobileNext Policy Manager is designed to integrate with subscriber management systems and Juniper is integrating with some of the industry's leading subscriber managment systems to offer choice and flexibility for mobile operators to enable content and network control, charging and monetise new applications.
"Mobile operators are under pressure to scale bandwidth, offer new services and drive profitability," said Mike Iandolo, general manager and vice president of Mobile Business Unit at Juniper Networks. "With MobileNext, Juniper is providing a solution that delivers high-definition experience, investment protection and stronger economics. Our unique solution offers a programmable platform for operators to customize innovation that monetises rich media data services."
MobileNext is also designed to offer integration of new applications through Junos SDK to help mobile operators accelerate service innovation.
Juniper worked with Openwave Systems to deliver video optimisation and application load balancing for mobile operators to build IP services and expedite time to revenue.
"The data tsunami coming from smartphones and other mobile devices will continue to increase, fuelled by more powerful devices and a shift from 3G to 4G/LTE," said Phil Solis, research director, Mobile Networks at ABI Research. "Through its open Junos SDK, Juniper's MobileNext delivers the service creation and service velocity operators need in the smartphone era, and the consolidation of best-in-class services in a single platform can reduce operators' total cost of ownership up to 56%."
MobileNext Broadband Gateway, Control Gateway, and Policy Manager will be available in mid-2011.
IP services including Deep Packet Inspection, Traffic Direct for internet off-load, Carrier Grade NAT/Firewall, MPLS and Mobile Video Optimization are available now.