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Juniper Networks and Türk Telekom partner for Open RAN development and deployment

Juniper Networks and Türk Telekom partner for Open RAN development and deployment

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Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, and Türk Telekom Group, Turkey’s first and largest integrated telecom operator, have announced completion of a ground-breaking new technology and commercial partnership to accelerate innovation in support of the Open RAN (Open Radio Access Network) 5G ecosystem.

The partnership comprises:

  • An exclusive global licensing agreement with Netsia, a subsidiary of Türk Telekom Group company Argela in the USA, to transfer its leading-edge Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC) technology to Juniper, including related source code and patents plus exclusive rights to develop and sell products and solutions that integrate with RIC.
  • Permanent transfer of technical domain experts from Netsia to Juniper in support of RIC’s integration into Juniper’s product portfolio, further strengthening Juniper’s Open RAN and 5G expertise.
  • Committed purchase of Juniper products and solutions by Türk Telekom to support its next generation Open RAN and 5G deployment. This will include an initial proof-of-concept project expected in late 2021, which will incorporate RIC technology and Juniper’s broader portfolio.

“We have been working for a long time on cutting-edge RIC technologies that will play an active role in setting global 5G standards,” said Ümit Önal, Chief Executive Officer, Türk Telekom. “The software developed by Netsia provides high capacity, scalable, flexible, personalised network and service solutions for the mobile communication needs of the future.”

“Juniper’s onboarding of the Radio Intelligent Controller in partnership with Türk Telekom is vital for boosting the Open RAN ecosystem and driving improved service profitability and experience for service providers,” added Ray Mota, Principal Analyst, ACG Research.

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