Juniper Networks expands Ericsson partnership to provide ‘seamless’ joint 5G offering

Juniper Networks has expanded its 18-year partnership with Ericsson to deliver a comprehensive end-to-end 5G service, bringing together each company’s complementary portfolios.

The firms are now offering service providers a complete 5G transport network service designed to manage the new requirements of next-generation mobile service delivery.

The offering includes Juniper Networks’ WAN services and IP transport, and Ericsson’s Router 6000 and MINI-LINK microwave portfolio for distributed, centralised and virtualised radio access. ‘In addition, [it builds on] Juniper’s Unified Cybersecurity Platform to secure the entire 5G mobile infrastructure against ever-expanding and sophisticated threats,” the Sunnyvale-based company added.

The service covers everything from radio to core for new-service delivery while managing mounting complexity, Juniper Networks said. “5G is expected to be a game changer for the next generation of business and consumer services, but the increase in connectivity, network traffic and customer expectations will likely create new challenges for managing the mobile transport network in a cost-effective way,” it added.

Specifically, the firm said emerging 5G use cases, including connected cars, AR/VR and 8K video streaming, and the associated 5G radio requirements needed to support these diverse applications could place additional demands across the network.

“Capacity, connectivity, latency, synchronisation, reliability and security needs will all require tighter integration between the 5G radio, core and transport layers of an end-to-end mobile network,” Juniper Networks added.

Telstra, Ericsson and Intel complete 1st end-to-end 5G non-standalone 3GPP data call

Telstra, Ericsson and Intel have claimed the successful completion of the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network at the telco’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Telstra flagged the call as the first of its kind over 3.5GHz spectrum, combining the core components from several firms needed to stage a commercial 5G network call.

“It included Telstra’s 5G NSA commercial network, licenced 3.5GHz commercial spectrum, Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and packet core for 5G EPC, a personal Telstra SIM card and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform for the 5G NR UE,” said Telstra.

The news follows the July 6 lab-based data call by Ericsson and Intel, together with Telstra and other early-moving 5G service providers at the Ericsson Lab in Stockholm.

“Demonstrating this 5G data call end-to-end using my own personal SIM card on Telstra’s mobile network is the closest any provider has come to making a ’true’ 5G call in the real world-environment, and marks another 5G first for Telstra,” said Telstra’s outgoing Group MD of networks Mike Wright.

“We continue to work with global technology companies Ericsson and Intel as well as global standards bodies to advance the deployment of commercial 5G capability in Australia,” he said.

The 5G data call was made over Telstra’s 5G NSA enabled commercial network using the
following components:

– Ericsson’s base station comprising Baseband 6630, AIR 6488 and 4G / 5G system
– Telstra’s licenced 5G Band 42 (3.5 GHz) and 4G Band 1 spectrum (2100 MHz)
– A Telstra retail SIM
– Network connection to an Ericsson virtualized 5G packet core (vMME and vEPG)
running on Ericsson’s NFVi – the 5G slice was connected into the existing Telstra
mobile network, which supports other functions such as backhaul, user
authentication, billing and provisioning
– Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform for the 5G NR UE, running an early 3GPP Rel15 Intel 4G
module and a 5G NSA implementation


NetComm Wireless has teamed with Ericsson to facilitate the adoption of Massive IoT, with the Sydney firm joining the Ericsson IoT Accelerator platform.

NetComm Wireless said its industrial grade 4G LTE machine-to-machine devices now interoperate with the Ericsson IoT platform to streamline device onboarding worldwide.

“The new collaboration will help to address the fragmentation challenges that the IoT ecosystem has faced from the outset and we’re pleased to join Ericsson in enabling the uptake of IoT by operators and enterprises more seamlessly,” said NetComm Wireless chief operating officer Timo Brouwer.

“Operators and other ecosystem players now have global access to tools that eliminate the high development costs and proprietary restrictions that stand in the way of large-scale IoT deployments,” he said.

Operators and other ecosystem players now have global access to tools that eliminate the high development costs and proprietary restrictions that stand in the way of large-scale IoT deployments,” said Brouwer.

LwM2M is an open device management protocol that enables the transfer of small amounts of data between devices and their management platforms. “Introduced to simplify remote management, NetComm Wireless’ LwM2M devices make it commercially viable to connect and manage remote sensors, pumps and other assets that need to run at a low cost,” said the Sydney company, noting that its LwM2M devices are certified for deployment in Europe, the USA, Canada, the UAE, South East Asia, Japan and Australia.

Telstra, Intel and Ericsson demonstrate 5G future for esports, gaming

Telstra, Intel and Ericsson have demonstrated how professional gaming is set to benefit from 5G, showcasing the technology’s ultra-low latency – a feature, the firms said,  professional and amateur gamers alike can expect in the future. Continue reading “Telstra, Intel and Ericsson demonstrate 5G future for esports, gaming”