Mobile operator EE has announced it has completed the upgrade of its core network to a new national IP/MPLS core network The new network underpins the delivery of its faster 4G data services, said EE. With 3.6 million 4G subscribers, the network had to be underpinned by an MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) platform with the ability to provide a higher performance at scale to serve 4G users.
The network was delivered using Juniper Networks' SDN-ready MX Series Universal Edge Routers with the established Juniper Networks Junos operating system. The upgraded network will increase automation and deliver services at scale, said EE. It will allow for the introduction of new MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) quicker and manage multi-service IP interconnects with other service providers.
Peter O’Donnell, head of transport network design and planning at EE, said: ‘We predict 97% of our customer base will be using 4G devices by 2018.’ The MX Series from Juniper has a strong track record with proven investment protection, he said.
‘The Universal Edge technology provides EE with all the capacity and performance head-room that it needs in the medium term, and it has a strong development roadmap so our investment is sound.'
Sean Dolan, senior vice president for EMEA at Juniper Networks said: ‘People are reliant on mobile devices, applications and services - and they have built up expectations of even faster downloads and high-quality application performance from 4G/LTE-enabled networks.’
He went on to say that EE chose to build a high-IQ network using the MX Series at the Universal Edge to meet that demand while ‘creating a sustainable business model that monetises its investment effectively’.