Telefonica to add Juniper Networks routers to Fusion Network core

Having selected Juniper Networks' (NYSE: JNPR) MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers for the metro portions of its new Fusión Network (see "Telefónica to deploy Juniper Networks edge routers in Spanish metro networks"), Telefónica Spain has decided to use the routers in the core portions as well, according to the systems house.

Having selected Juniper Networks' (NYSE: JNPR) MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers for the metro portions of its new Fusión Network (see "Telefónica to deploy Juniper Networks edge routers in Spanish metro networks"), Telefónica Spain has decided to use the routers in the core portions as well, according to the systems house.

Telefónica expects the Fusión Network initiative to significantly improve customer experience for the operator's mobile, residential, and business services across Spain.

Juniper says the MX Series 3D Routers will provide high performance and intelligent software-defined networking (SDN) control for the Fusión core. This includes multi-terabit IP/MPLS routing capacity and connectivity across all metro regions and Telefónica's Internet Exchange locations. The new core network also will support the connectivity requirements of Internet, content provider, content delivery network (CDN), and data center customers, Juniper says.

This new decision by Telefónica Spain, together with the announcement made in September 2015 that Juniper Networks was chosen by Telefónica Spain to provide the next-generation IP/MPLS metro services delivery infrastructure for Fusión Network, affirms that just a single product family, the MX Series, covers the entire Fusión Network. This is a significant contribution to Telefónica Spain's network simplification strategy.

Juniper expects the platform roll out to begin soon, with a target completion date of 2019.

"Our customers expect a fast, always-on, secure experience, as they connect to cloud-based business services, access bandwidth-hungry TV, video and music content for download and streaming, or use social media sites. Development of a superfast core that can match Fusión Network's service edge network with scale, reliability and minimal latency, is the next step," explained Joaquin Mata, chief technology officer at Telefónica Spain. "Juniper Networks is a valued partner to Telefónica as we drive Spain's digital transformation forward."

Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia) announced last August that it also will provide IP routing platforms to the Fusión Network initiative; it also announced a follow-on order from Telefónica (see "Telefonica to add Juniper Networks routers to Fusion Network core").

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