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Is an IPv6 cloud CPE a security risk?

by Juniper Employee ‎08-05-2013 06:24 AM - edited ‎08-06-2013 12:08 AM

Marco Hogewoning from RIPE NCC published the results from the 2012 IPv6 CPE Survey and concluded with “The message is clear: there's now no excuse not to deploy IPv6”. I couldn’t agree more. Growing the subscriber base with limited IPv4 support requires some form of network address translation (NAT)  which therefore increases the cost and complexity of broadband networks. Some of BT’s Total Broadband Option 1 customers have quietly been introduced to CGNAT (IP address translation/sharing). But as Marco stated, “The real challenge comes now as people have to buy and install customer premise equipment (CPE) and replace the millions of devices that are already out there and which are fast becoming obsolete.” 


The competitive market for residential broadband services pushes service providers to lower their OPEX and increase revenue by offering more services. The acquisition and operation costs of a physical residential gateway or customer premises equipment (CPE) is significant and new services can’t always be added via firmware upgrades. Examples are increased bandwidth and IPv6. Three recent studies explore and highlight the benefits of moving the CPE into the cloud for residential services:


  1. Diego Lopez from Telefonica I+D builds a business case for getting rid of the physical home gateway by virtualizing the CPE at TNC2013 in Maastricht: CPE as a new model that aims to enhance end-user experience, reduce costs, and facilitate the roll o....
  2. Daniel Abgrall, Orange, published a very detailed study report at EURESCOM in 2011 on Virtual Home Gateway. The two relevant findings from this report in my view are: The move towards the customer VLAN (CVLAN) model for subscriber isolation and declaring network address translation (NAT) on traffic to and from customers as the primary function of a CPE.
  3. WT-317, Working Text from the broadband forum on virtual residential gateway.

My parents acquired a Samsung SmartTV a year ago without paying much attention on the ‘smarts’ of the device. A few weeks ago, after a (never ending) family lunch at their home, I started to play with their new TV and configured the SmartTV section. Only after them alerting menot to break anything, they suddenly discovered a window to a brand new world that I just enabled. How long did it take last time they tried to unsuccessfully connect their laptop? With the magic of the SmartTV button, they found an easy way to connect to Internet content, VoD and even family pictures, although the system is still far from perfect.


The March Towards Mobile World Congress 2013: What's Changed Since last edition?

by Juniper Employee ‎01-17-2013 01:54 AM - edited ‎01-18-2013 01:38 PM

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.


Mass Customisation: From Cars to Telecommunications

by Juniper Employee ‎12-13-2012 09:11 AM - edited ‎12-14-2012 01:26 AM

When the automotive industry found out, in the middle of the 60s, that most of their customers weren't particularly happy to drive the exact same vehicle as everyone else, this started a revolutionary change. Luxury cars had this problem solved with their traditional approach of almost hand-made models, but of course not everyone could afford that. The conventional manufacturers adopted a new concept: mass customisation.


What can Service Providers do today to monetise their networks?

by Juniper Employee ‎10-02-2012 09:02 AM - edited ‎10-04-2012 01:02 AM

The industry has been talking widely about network monetisation, but little evidence has been provided. I’ve also wrote several blogs on this topic too, but now is a good time to talk about that again as Juniper Networks has some great news to share.


Experiences of deploying the first Juniper Networks Internet Exchange Point

by Derek Cobb ‎05-31-2012 05:22 AM - edited ‎05-31-2012 06:30 AM

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) was one of the world’s first Internet Exchange Points. As a place where settlement free peering has always been at the very top of the agenda, having a low latency network with high levels of resiliency is essential. Since our beginnings with a single switch in 1994, LINX has grown to become one of the largest IXPs in the world, with a network that covers more than 80% of the global routing table.


Finding a solution to take the network into the future was a significant challenge.


With massive growth in port and bandwidth requirements driving the need for a complete review our existing network architecture, we knew this was going to be the biggest project LINX had ever undertaken in terms of scale, complexity and risk.


We needed to assure carrier-grade levels of performance, resilience and support as we established a platform for the next era of IXP services. In particular, we had realised that our ring-based architecture would not scale to meet our future service and capacity needs.


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