Telefónica Spain picks Juniper Networks for metro network consolidation

Telefónica Spain picked Juniper Networks to deploy a next-generation metro network that consolidates the operator's wholesale, residential and business services in a single end-to-end IP infrastructure.

The Spanish operator is seeking to deploy a unified network capable of combining fixed and mobile broadband, high speed residential TV and business cloud services.

In a statement Juniper Networks said it will deploy its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers to construct the nationwide metro network, which it said will provide Telefónica Spain with a scalable, streamlined and highly automated network capable of delivering fast service rollout and tailored customer experiences.

The equipment vendor explained that its MX-series offers SDN and NFV capabilities and can provide up to 80 Tbps of system capacity.

TV capabilities delivered by the network include multicast IPTV, network DVR and catch-up services. The infrastructure will also run Telefónica Spain's fixed and mobile broadband services, voice, and layer 2 and layer 3 business VPN.

Telefónica Spain CTO Joaquin Mata said the new network is the next step in a technological transformation strategy that aims to "simplify and modernise our network to offer differentiated services that greatly enhance the customer experience."

The upgraded infrastructure "will streamline connectivity with a seamless IP path from access to services and cut down the number of hops to traverse. The new network will also be quicker to provision, thereby reducing time-to-service activation and enabling simpler overall operation and maintenance," Mata added.

Gerard Allison, SVP for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Juniper Networks, said the company will also provide Telefónica Spain with "high-touch support and professional services throughout the different phases of the deployment and operation of its new network."

Telefónica Spain's move comes as the country's Ministry of Industry prepares to auction frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band to enable operators to improve their 4G network coverage.

The operator may also be reacting to increased competition from rival Orange Spain, which extended its fixed-line capabilities through a €3.4 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition of domestic broadband provider Jazztel as part of a strategy to provide fixed and mobile service bundles.

For more:
- see this Juniper Networks announcement

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