Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network
innovation, today announced that Optus has
selected the Juniper Networks® PTX5000
Packet Transport Switch as the foundation of its next-generation
converged core network. The PTX platform -- which combines the inherent
efficiency of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) with the simplicity
of switching and integrated optics -- will enable Optus to manage cost
and scale its core network to accommodate exponential data growth as
Optus rolls out its new 4G LTE mobile network.
Optus has seen significant growth in its mobile network and faces the
same pressure on margins as other global carriers, with the need to
lower the cost-per-bit and limit or reduce complexity in its network.
Networks PTX Series Packet Transport Switch is the foundation of
Optus' next-generation converged core because of its scalability,
density and efficiency. It also enables the carrier to profitably handle
continued growth in the use of mobile smart devices and the increase in
cloud-based and video applications that generate exponentially growing
and unpredictable traffic.
The company runs its existing core network as a converged platform
that supports mobile network and wireline services. This enables Optus
to leverage common transport links and core MPLS services to support
its full business.
Optus is initially deploying Juniper Networks PTX Series in Melbourne
and plans to expand the use of the PTX platform in other core points
of presence in 2013.
With Juniper Networks Junos® operating system running on the PTX
platform, the reliability and performance of Optus' critical business
applications and management systems is further improved.
Optus made use of Juniper Networks Junosphere™
virtual networking environment to design and model the new network and
assist with planning the migration. Junosphere enables service
providers and other customers running Junos-based networks to create
and run replicas of their network in the cloud, without costly
investments in lab hardware.
Optus is also leveraging Juniper Networks Professional Services'
"Testing as a Service," enabling it to test, plan and execute in
Juniper's test labs without having to invest in the development and
operation of its own sophisticated labs and equipment. This reduces
project risk and allows Optus to take advantage of Juniper Networks'
expertise in network design methodology, existing tools and
standardized testing to ensure a seamless product implementation.
Optus selected Nokia Siemens Networks -- the world's specialist in
mobile broadband and a Juniper Networks Global Alliance Partner -- as
a partner for its key network initiatives including implementation of
the next-generation core network.
A member of the SingTel
Group, Optus is Australia's second largest telecommunications
carrier, providing the government, business and residential markets with
a broad range of wireline and mobile network services.
"We carefully chose a core platform to support the organization's growth
aspiration. We selected Juniper Networks PTX Series Packet Transport
Switch as it provides the density required to support our growth plans.
The optimized nature of the PTX platform will also help us manage our
cost base as we grow our network, while the power efficiency of the
platform will help us support growth within a manageable power
-Karim Nejaim, vice president, Converged Services Engineering, Optus
"The decision by Optus to deploy Juniper Networks PTX Packet Transport
Switch platform is an important endorsement of our core network
strategy. With carrier network resources under continuous pressure, the
Juniper Networks PTX Series delivers industry-defining standards of
scale, reliability and automation in the supercore, but with optimized
power and space consumption and lower total cost-of-ownership."
-Mike Marcellin, senior vice president, strategy and marketing,
Platform and Systems Division, Juniper Networks
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