Juniper Networks, the leading networking products developer, signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), to develop a cloud-oriented network infrastructure.
Juniper and TIM together will research on software-defined networking and open optical systems to enhance end-user digital experience.
“Juniper believes that simplicity in both network design and operation has to become a core value for the networking industry and we welcome the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking operator such as TIM to help deliver effective solutions for the challenges presented by trends such as IoT, security, 5G and big data. We are committed to sharing expertise, projects, laboratories and resources to design, experiment and implement the technologies to foster the digital transformation that will enable the next-generation service offerings to TIM’s customers across Italy.” ─Tom Ruban, Chief Technical Officer EMEA at Juniper Networks
They will experiment and test new network techniques, which can improve performance, reliability and security of digital services. These techniques will be based on automation, virtualization, and open interfaces.
TIM will focus on development of FutureNET software defined infrastructure and ultrabroadband customer network platforms, so that these services can complement the future requirements of 5G and internet of things (IoT).
“TIM’s goal is to accelerate its evolution towards the network of the future. Our vision is towards a more automated, interconnected and agile network that reacts more easily to customer demands. Through the development of Software-Defined Networking and open optical systems, TIM will be able to develop a host of software components that can be activated where and when needed, based on customer needs. We have chosen to work with Juniper Networks via the research and innovation embodied in this MoU because the company shares our vision of transformation through network openness, virtualization and simplification to drive a superior digital customer experience.” ─Enrico Bagnasco, Head of Innovation at TIM
Both the companies also plan to work closer with other technology providers and industry forums to enable rich functionality, ongoing innovation and best practices.
Juniper recently reported its fourth quarter results, which were a little disappointing for the company. Its net revenues were $1.23 billion, a decrease of 11% year over year and 1% sequentially.
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Other tech giants, including Microsoft and Amazon, beat analyst expectations and posted strong quarter results. The cloud business of both the companies, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, boosted their growth.