EE migrates network in partnership with Juniper

24 June 2014 | Kavit Majithia

Mobile operator EE has announced it has completed the migration of its national IP/MPLS core network for 4G connectivity, in partnership with Juniper Networks.

EE was the UK’s first operator to launch 4G services in 2012, and its coverage now reaches approximately 72% of the country’s population.

The company has 3.6 million 4G subscribers, with sales now outstripping 3G uptake.

Through Juniper’s MX Series 3D universal edge routes, EE is aiming to migrate its network towards an MPLS platform that is capable of providing carrier-class performance at scale, to deliver better end user experience.

EE said it expects 97% of its customer base will be using 4G devices by 2018, because of the way its network is being delivered.

“The MX Series from Juniper has a strong track record with proven investment protection,” said Peter O’Donnell, head of transport network design and planning at EE. “The Universal Edge provides EE with all the capacity and performance headroom that we need in the medium term and has a strong development roadmap, so our investment is sound.”

EE added that Juniper’s solution is designed to increase automation and deliver innovative services, including bringing MVNOs online and managing IP interconnects with other service providers.

“People are reliant on mobile devices, applications and services – and they have built up expectations of even faster downloads and high-quality application performance from 4G/LTE-enabled networks,” added Sean Dolan, SVP, EMEA at Juniper Networks.