Juniper Networks and TIM sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Italian mobile operator TIM and Juniper Networks are working together under a MoU on the research and development of cloud-oriented network infrastructure.

As part of the collaboration, the companies will experiment and test new network techniques to improve performance, reliability and security. Automation, virtualization and open interfaces will serve as the basis of these techniques.

“Juniper believes that simplicity in both network design and operation has to become a core value for the networking industry and we welcome the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking operator such as TIM to help deliver effective solutions for the challenges presented by trends such as IoT, security, 5G and big data,” said Tom Ruban, chief technical officer EMEA at Juniper.

“We are committed to sharing expertise, projects, laboratories and resources to design, experiment and implement the technologies to foster the digital transformation that will enable the next-generation service offerings to TIM’s customers across Italy.”

TIM said that it wants to ensure its FutureNet software defined infrastructure and ultra-broadband customer network platform are fit as 5G and IoT requirements develop over the next five years. The partners will focus on leveraging software-defined networking (SDN) and open optical systems.

“TIM’s goal is to accelerate its evolution towards the network of the future. Our vision is towards a more automated, interconnected and agile network that reacts more easily to customer demands,” said Enrico Bagnasco, head of innovation at TIM. “Through the development of Software Defined Networking and open optical systems, TIM will be able to develop a host of software components that can be activated where and when needed, based on customer needs.”

Juniper also recently reported its fourth-quarter preliminary financial results. Net revenues were $1.24 billion, a decrease of 11% year-over-year and 1% sequentially.

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