Ericsson teams with Juniper, ECI to boost 5G transport

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Ericsson announced it is strengthening its end-to-end 5G mobile transport portfolio via an extended partnership with Juniper Networks and a new partnership with ECI Telecom.

Under the extended partnership with Juniper, Ericsson’s Router 6000 product family will be complemented by Juniper’s edge and core solutions, providing seamless connectivity from radio cell site to core and guaranteeing the performance, quality and ease-of-use of the 5G system.

Juniper’s security products will also be part of Ericsson’s solution to secure its customers’ mobile networks as part of its end-to-end approach for securing existing and new 5G networks.

Meanwhile, Ericsson is also complementing its optical transport offering for metro with a new partnership with ECI, which will enable it to deliver newly-enhanced optical transport solutions for service providers, as well as critical infrastructure customers.

“By combining our leading transport portfolio with best-in-class partners, we will boost our transport offering and create the critical building blocks of next-generation transport networks that benefit our customers,” said Fredrik Jejdling, executive VP and head of business area networks at Ericsson.

The transport solutions from Juniper and ECI are fully interoperable with Ericsson’s transport portfolio and will be managed by the same Ericsson management and orchestration solution. This will simplify the overall management and control of 5G across the radio, transport and core network, the company says.

The management and orchestration solution will also provide integrated SDN control for Ericsson, Juniper and ECI nodes, enabling automated network control for applications such as network slicing and traffic optimization, to ensure the best possible user experience.

Ericsson also announced new transport solutions adapted to create an integrated and complete ‘street macro’ solution to simplify millimeter-wave 5G deployments in urban areas.

Separately, the vendor also announced new 5G hardware and software products to its RAN portfolio, such as RAN Compute, an architecture that allows service providers to flexibly distribute RAN functions – such as beamforming and radio control – where needed to fine-tune use case performance while also lowering TCO.

Also added to the RAN family: spectrum sharing software that enables radios to support 4G and 5G transmissions simultaneously and dynamically in the same spectrum band without degrading the performance of either. Ericsson says the software function – which is based on 3GPP Release 15 standards – can be added to any Ericsson Radio System radio shipped since 2015.

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