Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks plan to form a joint venture to address the carrier Ethernet transport market.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, the joint venture will be dedicated to managing and executing the carrier Ethernet portfolio roadmap, and extends the previously announced partnership enhancement designed to deliver to service provider customers a fully interoperable carrier Ethernet solution for mobile backhaul, business services and residential broadband networks.
The planned solution will enable customers to monetise their networks through a faster time-to-market for new revenue-generating services and by improving network efficiency which, in turn, will drive down transport costs.
This planned structure will allow both companies to contribute the necessary products and support to enable meeting the end-to-end portfolio needs of about 200 joint service provider customers worldwide.
The planned solution consists of Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers, Nokia Siemens Networks A-series carrier Ethernet switches as well as the end-to-end "point-and-click" network management system.
The plans call for the new carrier Ethernet solution to be sold by both companies. The targeted introduction date is the fourth calendar quarter of 2009, subject to fulfillment of customary closing conditions, such as obtaining necessary regulatory approvals.
"Our planned joint solution has been well-received by our mutual customers. Through the combination of the metro aggregation and metro access and network management strengths of each company, this planned partnership enables both Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks to bring our joint vision of an extremely efficient, easy to manage unified carrier Ethernet solution supporting all services on a single network to life," says Bernd Schumacher, head of the broadband connectivity solutions business unit at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Juniper Networks MX Series is a family of high-performance Ethernet Services Routers with powerful switching features that deliver unmatched flexibility and reliability to support advanced services and applications.
Consisting of the MX960, MX480 and MX240, the MX Series Ethernet Services Routers provide high port-density routing and switching in a range of highly efficient, high-performance hardware platforms, enabling service providers to reduce power, space and cooling costs by as much as 50 percent.
The MX Series leverages JUNOS Software, a single operating system integrating routing, switching, security and network services from Juniper Networks.
"With this solution we are expanding the breadth and depth of our relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks," says Kim Perdikou, executive vice-president and GM: infrastructure products group at Juniper Networks.
"The combination of Nokia Siemens Networks' leadership in metro access and network management and Juniper's strength in Carrier Ethernet metro aggregation applications will enable our customers to more effectively monetise the network with new revenue-generating services and lower transport costs."
The Nokia Siemens Networks A-series is a carrier Ethernet switching portfolio providing an effective evolution path from the existing TDM networks towards the next-generation carrier Ethernet transport networks.
The A-series provides the SDH carrier-class characteristics over a modern, cost-effective carrier Ethernet network. Additionally, it enables further cost efficiencies by carrying both voice and data traffic with higher traffic volumes at lower costs.
The A-series can serve as an access solution located at the customer premise or as a "last mile" aggregation unit that gathers traffic from various customer sites.