Nokia, Juniper expand telco cloud partnership

At the 2014 Mobile World Congress this past February, Rajeev Suri, then CEO of Nokia's (NYSE:NOK) networks business, shot down rumors that the company was seeking a merger deal with Juniper Networks, though he did indicate that the companies might expand their existing partnership. A week after Suri was named CEO of Nokia, the two companies announced that they have, in fact, expanded their relationship to advance telco cloud offerings for mobile broadband. The two are bringing together Nokia's Liquid Core platform, including network functions virtualization (NFV) and telco cloud management and orchestration, and Juniper's MetaFabric data center architecture, including its Contrail network virtualization and cloud network automation product, which is based on software-defined networking (SDN). For more, see this joint release.