Industry Solutions and Trends
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I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion about 5G Networks and Backhaul at TIA 2014 conference in Dallas. The panel had a well-rounded participation from vendors addressing different parts of mobile networks. As expected there were no violent agreements on this topic, rather it was reaffirmation of a comment made at a session in ITU on the topic of 5G that “5G is like a big elephant in the room where everyone is seeing the different parts of it”.

 

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Humair Raza

5G Networks and Backhaul

by Juniper Employee ‎06-02-2014 09:48 AM - edited ‎07-11-2014 02:00 PM

We are in the midst of major 4G rollouts and more than half of the world population have not even tasted the supersonic LTE networks, yet we see a lot of industry talks on the topic of 5G networks. So let us shine our crystal balls and see what 5G networks are all about all the while addressing some of the burning questions related to this topic.

 

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Humair Raza

Reflections from MWC14

by Juniper Employee ‎03-05-2014 07:47 AM - edited ‎03-05-2014 03:40 PM

intelligent-backhaul-teaser.jpgEven though MWC has started to resemble a consumer electronics show, which is evident from the amount of coverage given to the devices and apps. From the remaining discussion that happened within the networking realm the greatest buzz was around virtualization and IoT. Rather there was so much emphasis on VoE (virtualization of everything) that it seems as though we have managed to transform our problems from the real world to the virtual world :smileyhappy:

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Celebrations, lists and predictions are all to be indulged in as we approach the festivities and a new year. I’m no exception so here are a few of my predictions for the world of LTE as we go into 2014.

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I contend that MSPs, consumers and third party services providers such as banks take mobile network security for granted. I really don’t think any segment has fully thought through the implications for them, their brand, their ability to win new business, or the safety of personal information and all that implies. A new white paper by the Juniper team takes a look at some of the underlying causes and effect. My blog calls out some of the highlights and also gives you a link to download the white paper.   

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npound

Will LTE Security Separate the Coke from the 4G Can?

by Juniper Employee ‎09-12-2013 05:34 AM - edited ‎10-31-2013 05:22 AM

There are many things we take for granted these days; mobile networks for instance. It’s a long time since I’ve heard a discussion about the merits of one operator over another. Many people feel operators are vanilla and the real flavour is in the content they experience. But LTE will change that in a surprising way. Operators’ attitudes to LTE Security differ in an alarming way and will influence many people’s buying decisions. Read on to discover what a new paper from Heavy Reading reveals about these attitudes and the approaches adopted by many operators.

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As a UK citizen, I have the somewhat dubious privilege of being able to select the supplier of electricity to my house.

 

Those suppliers, who number around 5 or 6, are well known major utility companies who compete with each other in an open market, the downstream supply side of the electricity marketplace having been privatised in the UK some time ago.

 

Clearly, the supply of electricity to any household is vital, without it, mine and my family’s lifestyle would be severely impacted. 

 

And yet, curiously, I attach zero value to it.

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David

LTE-A stands for LTE Africa

by Juniper Employee ‎07-12-2013 07:10 AM - edited ‎07-12-2013 07:14 AM

Just a few days after LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, this week, I've been attending the LTE Africa event in Cape Town, July 9-10. One might think LTE is the same thing wherever you go, however I can now say the two events were very different, according to the sessions I attended and the conversations I had (...)

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Mobile networks can be seen as a play ground for the well conversed, a black hole for newcomers and a challenge to others. As you venture further from the middle (core) the complexity and diversity increases.  The core is few nodes and more capacity the “last mile” access is the opposite, masses of nodes but relatively small capacity (Bandwidth).


Having read the text books on network design and the different mobile versions: 2G, 3G, HSPA and LTE it dawned on me that the jargon was based on a network that if you connect it correctly it will work end-to-end. This vision of utopia probably only exists in under graduate text books in reality the picture is quite the opposite. The reality is all mobile networks are constrained by commercial, technological and country wide uniqueness’s (lay of the land, number of subscribers etc.). Within the core the reality is almost the same as fixed lines the ability to move packets, quickly and cost effectively with ever increasing data numbers.

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As customers, partners and colleagues return home, dispersing across the globe I reflect on a busy week at Mobile World Congress. This is the biggest event in the global calendar for the mobile industry and one of the highlights for me was Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda, speaking this week to announce a Mobile Action Plan for Europe. The UK has just completed its 4G spectrum license sale and discussions are already underway about 5G across Europe...

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Paul Gainham

The Road to Mobile World Congress: The New Currency of LTE (4G)

by Juniper Employee ‎02-14-2013 08:11 AM - edited ‎02-14-2013 08:11 AM

Ask any citizen of a country that has been through a currency change and my guess is that the initial fear, scepticism and doubt was, in time,  replaced with an acceptance that the change was ultimately beneficial when considering the bigger picture.  Of course some will retain an emotional attachment to the ways of old but often progress and emotion are not easy bed fellows.

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David

Mobile users expect LTE (4G) to bring a Long Term Experience

by Juniper Employee ‎02-01-2013 11:14 AM - edited ‎02-08-2013 02:29 AM

It is not a secret that mobile operators are accelerating their plans for LTE (4G) deployments. Every time a new city is connected to LTE, service providers appear in the news and this seems to translate ‘great’ marketing and awareness on this new development. 

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If there’s one thing that transforms my city every year it is Mobile World Congress. For one week, MWC is at the very top of the agenda for all press, politicians, hotels, restaurants, taxis and unfortunately even pickpockets! And of course, 1,500 exhibitors and over 67,000 visitors from 205 countries have a positive impact to the city.

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I’m glad to write about the IIR Carrier Ethernet awards reception I attended yesterday in Barcelona along with Penny Still representing Juniper Networks. It was a pleasant evening with many of our industry peers. 

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With so much of the new network being software-based and software-defined, integration and development have become key skills our customers look to Juniper to provide: design, development, configuration and deployment are essential phases of many of our projects.  To that end we have put in place a Professional Services consulting practice dedicated to management and platforms integration.  Whether integrating into an OSS/BSS platform for end to end provisioning, using the Junos SDK to reach deep into the heart of the network to extract maximum value, or developing sophisticated fault correlation tools to identify when multiple alerts are in fact the result of a single issue, these experts provide the glue to bring it all together.

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