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Juniper Networks targets telcos with expanded routers portfolio

ACX products aimed at capacity-building carriers

Networks, Network hardware, Juniper Networks Incorporated

Juniper Networks this week announced additions to its routing portfolio that expand the company's Carrier Ethernet offerings.

The ACX500 and ACX5000 routers, as well as enhancements to the Junos Space Network Management Platform software, are designed to enable service providers to "handle added capacity and accelerate service orchestration and provisioning more cost-effectively than ever before", Juniper said in a statement.

"With these new products, Juniper is continuing to build out its mobile IP portfolio to deliver a holistic approach that will enable more efficient mobile service creation," the company added. "When combined with Juniper's existing offerings, such as the Service Control Gateway and MX Series routing platforms, Juniper delivers IP/MPLS solutions that can flexibly enable new services at an optimised cost.

Juniper's Carrier Ethernet solution is aimed at service providers and particularly to support for mobile backhaul and metro Ethernet coverage. Juniper describes the ACX500 as "purpose-built to mitigate capacity challenges associated with ever-sophisticated LTE networks". The company says the ACX5000 is "the industry's only Carrier Ethernet router that can embed virtualised functions directly within the network fabric".

"Juniper Networks is continuing to deliver a holistic approach to effectively executing small-cell backhaul and Carrier Ethernet deployments by integrating physical infrastructure with virtual services," said Mike Marcellin, senior vice president, Marketing and Strategy, Juniper Networks. "These new solutions enhance the mobile subscriber experience and improve profit margins for service providers by cost-effectively meeting operational challenges with the zero-touch rapid deployment, and delivering seamless access for new, high-bandwidth services."