Optus selects Juniper for 4G core

Juniper Networks has announced that Optus has selected the Juniper Networks PTX500s Packet Transport Switch as the foundation of its next-generation converged core network.

The PTX platform which combines the inherent efficiency of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) with the simplicity of switching and integrated optics will enable Optus to manage cost and scale its core network to accommodate exponential data growth as Optus rolls out its new 4G LTE mobile network.

The Juniper Networks PTX Series Packet Transport Switch is the foundation of Optus’ next-generation converged core because of its scalability, density and efficiency. It also enables the carrier to profitably handle continued growth in the use of mobile smart devices and the increase in cloud-based and video applications that generate exponentially growing and unpredictable traffic.

Optus is initially deploying Juniper Networks PTX Series in Melbourne and plans to expand the use of the PTX platform in other core points of presence in 2013. With Juniper Networks Junos operating system running on the PTX platform, the reliability and performance of Optus’ critical business applications and management systems is further improved. Optus is also leveraging Juniper Networks Professional Services’ “Testing as a Service,” enabling it to test, plan and execute in Juniper’s test labs without having to invest in the development and operation of its own sophisticated labs and equipment.

This reduces project risk and allows Optus to take advantage of Juniper Networks’ expertise in network design methodology, existing tools and standardized testing to ensure a seamless product implementation.

“We carefully chose a core platform to support the organization’s growth aspiration. We selected Juniper Networks PTX Series Packet Transport Switch as it provides the density required to support our growth plans. The optimized nature of the PTX platform will also help us manage our cost base as we grow our network, while the power efficiency of the platform will help us support growth within a manageable power environment,” said Karim Nejaim, vice president, Converged Services Engineering, Optus.

“The decision by Optus to deploy Juniper Networks PTX Packet Transport Switch platform is an important endorsement of our core network strategy. With carrier network resources under continuous pressure, the Juniper Networks PTX Series delivers industry-defining standards of scale, reliability and automation in the super core, but with optimized power and space consumption and lower total cost-of-ownership,” said Mike Marcellin, senior vice president, strategy and marketing, Platform and Systems Division, Juniper Networks.

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