Juniper  Networks and Saguna SRAN solution diagram

Juniper Networks and Saguna’s Service Aware RAN Solution Receives Award at Mobile Edge Computing Congress 2015

Companies Recognized in the “Biggest Contribution to R&D” Category

 Yokneam, Israel, October 1, 2015 – Saguna Networks, a Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) pioneer making mobile broadband faster, simpler and more economical, announced today that Juniper Networks and Saguna have received the Mobile Edge Computing Industry Award in the “Biggest Contribution to R&D” category for their joint proof of concept Service Aware RAN (SRAN) solution.

 Considering the importance of Mobile Edge Computing as an enabler for 5G services and IoT, there is a need to speed up the progress of trialing and piloting MEC. Juniper Networks and Saguna received the “Biggest contribution to R&D” award for their commitment to the discovery and development of approaches to MEC that will help to drive progress in the market, removing barriers and helping to make the adoption of MEC a reality. 

 Juniper Networks and Saguna joined forces to create a complete, pre-integrated Mobile Edge Computing platform, one that delivers MEC functionality with the underlying system elements required for operation within the demanding radio access network (RAN) environment. This joint solution allows end-user applications to achieve high bandwidth with ultra-low latency by enabling service providers to deploy services closer to the edge network using an NFV-based cloud computing environment in the mobile RAN. The solution also reduces time-to-market and investment for mobile operator adoption of MEC and enables them to quickly deploy new revenue-generating services for content delivery, Internet of Things (IoT), retail and enterprise applications. It also scales the network and reduces latency to enable IoT device connectivity and tactile Internet applications, while enabling the adoption of future-proof mobile network architectures for 4G networks and beyond.

“Mobile Edge Computing is a powerful tool providing the scale and fast response times in mobile networks to support the Internet of Things, tactile Internet and mobile data growth,” said Ofer Talmor, VP of Products at Saguna. “By combining the functionality provided by the Saguna Open-RAN MEC platform with Juniper Networks carrier-grade switches and routers, the joint Service Aware RAN solution enables mobile operators to accelerate their adoption of MEC with a pre-integrated and secure MEC solution.”

“We’re honored to be recognized at the Mobile Edge Computing Congress for creating an open, standards-based solution with the performance, security and flexibility to run inside the mobile RAN. As the industry leader in network innovation, Juniper was happy to work with MEC innovator Saguna Networks on this proof of concept solution and is well positioned to work on future partnerships and collaborations required to move the MEC market forward,” said Paul Obsitnik, VP of Service Provider Portfolio Marketing at Juniper Networks. 

The SRAN solution components include:

  • Juniper Networks® ACX Series Universal Access Routers, MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and QFX Series Switches – These families of switches and routers have the ability to run a Hypervisor environment within them, allowing the MEC Platform Service, API layers and MEC Edge applications to run within the Juniper hardware in the pre-aggregation/IP-aggregation environment. The MEC Edge applications can also run on an external x86-based device.
  • Juniper Networks vSRX  - To ensure security within the sensitive RAN environment, Juniper Networks vSRX (virtual SRX) acts as a Security Gateway for terminating IPsec tunnels from the RAN and an originator to the centralized Security Gateway. The product also provides Firewall / NAT functions for any user traffic that needs to be offloaded locally.
  • Juniper Networks Contrail Networking – The cloud network automation platform enables mobile operators to manage the MEC platform and Edge applications from a central location. New applications and services can be enabled or disabled on demand, delivering the primary benefits of an SDN overlay network. 
  • Saguna Open-RAN – Saguna’s MEC platform is a fully virtualized software solution. The MEC standard-based platform creates an open ecosystem for 3rd party MEC applications enabling mobile operators to expand their offering as new MEC services are brought to market. It also supports user mobility and core functionality including charging, policy control and lawful interception to ensure seamless integration into existing mobile network architectures.