Juniper joins Softbank 5G group, drives cloud push in China

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Juniper Networks has joined the Softbank 5G Consortium as a founding member, having been named as a 5G-related partner. 

The Softbank 5G Consortium brings together partners, operators, industry experts and companies in 5G-related fields, to collaborate alongside Softbank on proof-of-concept demonstrations aimed at addressing the commercialisation and adoption of 5G solutions across various industry verticals.

Juniper’s automated and secure IP networking solutions, including its flagship MX Series Universal Routing Platforms, play a crucial role in the development of Softbank’s 5G infrastructure. 

This solution offers strong scalability, reliability and flexibility, which are all key to Softbank’s 5G networking demands and requirements such as Network Slicing with SRv6. 

In another development, data centre and cloud service provider Capital Online chose Juniper to build an expanded network infrastructure to support its business China while simplifying network operations management through automation. 

As one of the few service providers that offer both Internet Data Center and cloud computing services in China, Capital Online serves nearly 40% of the top 100 internet companies nationwide, including organisations across various industries such as gaming, e-commerce, education and big data. 

“With the solutions and strong support offered by Juniper Networks, we are able to realize our goal of achieving cloud-network convergence through intelligent automation and attain greater flexibility in our cloud-centric operations,” said Xu Xiaohu, chief architect at Capital Online.

Through their collaboration, Capital Online is implementing Juniper Apstra’s open, multi-vendor intent-based networking design, and deploying Juniper Networks QFX Series Switches, MX Series Universal Routing Platforms and SRX Series Services Gateways. 

Jing Youhao, Juniper Networks CTO in China, said that as more organizations continue to place an increasing focus on automated network operations and maintenance in this era of explosive data growth, AI-driven interconnected data centers have become crucial to the technological development of businesses today.