Juniper Kills Off MobileNext Packet Core Solutions

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But MobileNext, which went head-to-head with Cisco's ASR 5000 gateway, was a widely acknowledged disappointment for Juniper, and struggled to find a foothold in the market.

Juniper's MobileNext technology was based on three components: MobileNext Broadband Gateway; Mobile Control Gateway; and MobileNext Policy Manager. The Broadband Gateway was software implemented on Juniper's MX 3D universal edge routers, while the MobileNext Control Gateway was a standalone appliance managing MobileNext's signaling. The Policy Manager, which was also software, controlled policy and charging rules function (PCRF) for LTE.

John O'Shea, senior vice president of Vology, a Tampa, Fla.-based solution provider and Juniper partner, said he doesn't expect the death of the MobileNext line to have an impact on his business, given that the technology was targeted at the mobile operator, rather than enterprise, market.

"I put some feelers out on this and we see a limited impact here," O'Shea said in an email to CRN. "[MobileNext] was targeted at a narrow band of the service providers as we understand it."

Hua said in the memo that Juniper is still committed to the mobility market despite pulling MobileNext.

"Despite our decision to [end of life] MobileNext we remain committed to executing on all existing commitments to our customers and to the mobility space longer term," Hua wrote. "We believe we can meet the needs of our customers by providing the underlying virtualized mobile infrastructure (routing, switching, SDN and NFV) to enable customers to make this transition as well as offer specific virtualized network functions."


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