Spirent Communications (News - Alert), which is a supplier of IP/MPLS backbone routers for both wireline and mobile operators as well as provides measurement solutions for next-generation networks, has revealed to the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), a company that offers conformance testing for network technologies and applications, that it will provide mobile network solutions to test Juniper Networks MobileNext Broadband Gateway. The company will test for performance, scalability, and flexibility of the gateway and support an environment in which both 3G and LTE (News - Alert) Radio Access Networks (RANs) can be used in the same coverage area at the same time.
The test carried out by EANTC to validate Juniper’s MobileNext Broadband Gateway (News - Alert) performance at scale revealed that the MobileNext Broadband Gateway is able “to scale up to millions of mobile subscriber data sessions, with seamless mobility across 3G and LTE networks.” And as shown from the EANTC Test Report, Juniper Networks (News - Alert), a high-performance networking company with the MobileNext packet core solutions, has surpassed the scale of any other previous independent public mobile packet gateway reports. It essentially goes to show that Juniper Networks has the one cutting-edge product and the solutions to make an impact on subscriber’ Quality of Experience (QoE).
Even though impressed by the performance numbers and the number of subscribers that the MobileNext Broadband Gateway is able to support, as shown in EANTC’s analysis, regardless of performance it’s still uncertain whether the product will make a significant impact in the marketplace. The test did however validate that the MobileNext Broadband Gateway is performing as expected and is able to generate enough mobile signaling and data traffic to Juniper Networks. Therefore, it proves that the product could provide the solutions to “give mobile operators the ability to transform their legacy networks into an open, secure and scalable mobile broadband network that will enable them to profit from the smartphone revolution,” said Kumar Mehta, the vice president of engineering for the Mobile Business Unit at Juniper Networks.
The result of the EANTC test as Kumar Mehta points out is that Juniper Networks has “delivered the scale, performance and services required today and well into the future.” He says the test goes to prove its MobileNext Broadband Gatewaynetwork is a solution that delivers QoE for mobile operators. In fact, from the test, it’s demonstrated the ability to support EANTC’s intra-RAT and inter-RAT handovers of 3G and LTE without having an impact on the performance of the gateway. It also has the same affect when it comes to machine-to-machine (M2M) traffic that hits the mobile network and for smartphone-connected customers; as well as in support of IP services and mobile services, like IPv6, and making extensive use of VPNs, APNs, and MPLS technology.
Edited by Jamie Epstein