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Orange Poland selects Juniper Networks for core network upgrade


In preparation for 5G, Orange Poland has selected Juniper Networks to enhance the automation capabilities of its IP network core.

Orange Poland’s core network is based on Juniper Networks’ MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform. The operator is also deploying a wide-area network (WAN) controller for software-defined traffic optimisation, providing greater visibility into and control over IP/MPLS flows in its network.

The upgrade will enable the automation of Orange Poland’s WAN, to enhance the management of label-switched paths (LSP), redirecting LSPs to maintain network resilience in case of failures and maintenance windows.

Orange Poland is also looking to optimise its infrastructure by monitoring telemetry data, combined with planning tools, to help create explicit routing paths dynamically using a global view based on user-defined constraints

Increased network utilisation will support a customised and programmable networking experience, Juniper Networks said.

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Witold Konopka, Director of WAN Transport, Orange Poland, said, “With more than 20 million subscribers across mobile, FTTH, DSL and fixed telephony, Orange Poland is constantly evaluating ways to improve the performance and reliability of our network.

"By implementing Juniper’s intelligent network automation tools in our core network, we can deliver savings in network operations, mitigate network incidents and better deploy network resources – a vital consideration for our move to 5G.”

Orange Poland plans to deploy Juniper’s Contrail HealthBot next year to gain better visibility into WAN operational performance and infrastructure resources.

This will allow the operator to leverage big-data analytics and machine learning in a distributed architecture, Juniper Networks said. In addition, real-time and historic monitoring, performance visibility and dynamic optimisation features aim to improve cloud orchestration, security, accounting and planning.

Manfred Opificius, Vice President, Service Provider Sales, EMEA, Juniper Networks, said, “People are increasingly reliant on mobile devices, applications and services, and the growth of cloud services, combined with the initial launches of 5G, have built up user expectations of faster downloads and high-quality application performance from our service providers.

"Orange Poland is driving to meet that demand head-on while creating a sustainable business model that monetises its investment effectively.”