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BT Pick Juniper to Support Cloud-Driven 5G Mobile and Unified Network

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 (10:51 am) - Score 4,785
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Telecoms giant BT (EE) has announced that their new 5G based UK mobile broadband network will be underpinned by a cloud-driven platform from Juniper Networks. As a result the operator hopes to enable a more flexible, virtualised and unified network infrastructure that can deliver to various different requirements.

BT’s Network Cloud roll-out is expected to support their vision of a single converged all-IP platform (here), which will bring mobile, WiFi and fixed line broadband networks closer together. Some aspects of this have already launched (e.g. BT Plus supporting products and the Keep Connected Promise) but the “seamless connectivity” goal is not expected to be fully realised until 2022.

Obviously this is a major undertaking and the ability to control crucial aspects via a single platform and common framework is a key part of that effort, which is where Juniper Networks comes in with their scalable cloud solution. BT also hopes it will deliver a reduced time-to-market for network services ranging from internet access delivery to TV and business network functions.

To accomplish the evolution toward a more agile, virtualised network, BT has said they are investing in a range of Juniper solutions across various tenants within the BT network (e.g. cloud operations management using AppFormix, a scalable and flexible spine and leaf underlay fabric using the QFX Series and dynamic end-to-end networking policy and control for telco cloud workloads using Contrail Networking).

Neil McRae, BT Chief Architect, said:

“BT is a global leader in ultrafast services, with growing demand from our ultrafast broadband services and ultrafast 5G services and has the perfect opportunity to combine several discrete networks into a unified, automated infrastructure. This move to a single cloud-driven network infrastructure will enable BT to offer a wider range of services, faster and more efficiently to customers in the UK and around the world.

We chose Juniper to be our trusted partner to underpin this Network Cloud infrastructure based on the ability to deliver a proven solution immediately, so we can hit the ground running. Being able to integrate seamlessly with other partners and solutions and aligning with our roadmap to an automated and programmable network is also important.”

Bikash Koley, CTO of Juniper Networks, said:

“As a renowned global service provider, BT is a shining example of how to evolve networks to become more agile. By leveraging the ‘beach-front property’ it has in central offices around the globe, BT can optimise the business value that 5G’s bandwidth and connectivity brings. The move to an integrated telco cloud platform brings always-on reliability, along with enhanced automation capabilities, to help improve business continuity and increase time-to-market while doing so in a cost-effective manner.”

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar ChrisD

    ..and 1st prize in the corporate BS competition goes to Bikash of Juniper Networks who wins the category of “Using all the words in a meaningless quote”

    • Avatar Rob

      I don’t know about beach-front properties in Birmingham but there’s certainty a lot of canals.

  2. Avatar FullFibre

    I don’t see the word security used anywhere.. all I see is cheap and rushed. Hopefully that doesn’t equal full of security holes. That CTO doesn’t inspire confidence.

    • Avatar CarlT

      I’m not convinced you understand what they are talking about in this article. A major point of this type of networking is that it separates control plane from forwarding plane. In this case the cloud platforms manage the network, likely nothing else can even reach the control plane.

      What would you have them say about security? Since when was it the job of a core network to handle security? Isn’t this better done on the edge where bandwidths are less insane, and segmentation NFV should handle by default by providing no visibility or accessibility to the control plane from the forwarding plane?

      Do you think there are firewalls all over the BT network right now, or perhaps they just don’t advertise the management network so it’s just not routable from outside and use firewalls to protect ports on things that need to be publicly addressed and do IDP and NAT on internal BT traffic heading outbound.

      BT could give you a management IP address, you simply wouldn’t be able to reach it as the address isn’t in the routing table of the VRF your packets would traverse and you have no way to reach an entry point to the management network – they’re behind one of the above firewalls and those are all that needs protecting.

      Juniper: cheap? Juniper kit is not cheap. It’s not the most expensive but it’s certainly not bargain basement.

      This disaggregated architecture is increasingly a thing. BT are managing it using VMs hosted on someone else’s computers.

      Yours, a guy that builds software defined networks for a living that can happily offer zero direct management access at all and will talk to the authenticated, approved management platform taking all configuration and programming from that only.

  3. Avatar FullFibre

    I’m not convinced you understand where I’m coming from. Alas I don’t care to educate you.

  4. Avatar SimonR

    Can you quote any of them, or supply sources?

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