Nokia, Juniper trumpet expanded IP partnership

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Solutions and Networks and Juniper Networks are trying to position themselves as top dogs in both cellular and IP networking, leading them to expand their long-time partnership agreement to include secure IP connectivity for LTE and LTE Advanced networks.

"The advent of LTE means that mobile networks have become focused on the transition to IP," said David Fremaux, Juniper's vice president of strategic alliances. "NSN and Juniper together deliver an exemplary knowledge base and experience of mobile and IP technology."

The vendors specified four areas in which the two will continue to collaborate: Mobile backhaul, mobile site connectivity, carrier-grade network address translation (NAT) protocol and radio access security. On its website, NSN noted security includes LTE transport security as well as mobile and evolved packet core security. It also added multiservice IP backbone to the list of areas targeted by its partnership with Juniper.

The announcement described the companies' joint solutions for each of the key areas and noted all of the solutions are already commercially available. "Many of NSN's leading LTE customers rely on the IP solutions NSN has developed jointly with Juniper Networks to drive their production networks," they said.

For more:
- see this joint release
- see this NSN web page

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