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Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'

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CANNES, France -- 3GSM World Congress -- Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) is using the yacht-laden 3GSM World Congress in Cannes as backdrop for the unveiling of its first joint development with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY).

The end-product was at one stage being billed as a “wireless router” by the two companies. Now it’s been given a longer, if more down-to-earth, moniker: GPRS (general packet radio service) gateway service node, or GGSN.

Calling it a wireless router was a ruse to confuse the competition, according to Christopher Komatas, product marketing manager for Juniper’s mobile division. “It’s a simplistic way of describing a GGSN,” he says. “There’s nothing wireless about it, other than its application in a GPRS network.”

Komatas says the GGSN will play a key role in helping service providers migrate to all-IP mobile networks. It connects data sent over the mobile core network to the Internet and corporate intranets. Initially, it can be used to help route email to users’ handsets, but in the long term it could also support audio and video streaming.

Carriers are looking to snazzy, new, handset data applications to give themselves a kick in the ARPU (average revenue generated per user). Carriers will make up declines in voice revenue from data downloads, so the theory goes, although this is yet to be proved – at least in Europe or the U.S. First-generation WAP (wireless application protocol) applications failed to set the world alight.

Juniper is working with Ericsson to proselytize mobile IP, through the snappily named Ericsson Juniper Mobile IP joint venture, supplying hardware when the telecom equipment vendor builds out so-called “2.5G” and “3G” networks for operators (the G stands for generation). The GPRS gateway supports GPRS (2.5G) as well as UMTS (universal mobile telecommunications system, 3G) networks, according to Juniper.

Support for present and future versions of IP is a key aspect of the GGSN, according to Juniper’s Komatas. “All future mobile applications are being adapted to use IP,” he says.

GGSN supports Ipv4 and the much talked about IPv6. This version of the Internet protocol has been around for ages but has failed to gain widespread acceptance in fixed networks. However, its global addressing system is now seen as important for mobile networks – possibly supporting smoother roaming among international networks, better multimedia support, and the ability to use voice-over-IP technology for phone calls.

“Most carriers know they need to move to IPv6,” says Komatas. Support for the protocol is actually mandated under release five of standards coming out of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a group of the leading standards authorities in the wireless field. Networks built to those guidelines could be years away, as Juniper admits. Nevertheless, asserts Komatas, carriers will start experimenting with IPv6 next year.

However, carriers are likely to experiment with IPv6, GPRS, UMTS, and other new-fangled network technology in their major markets – that is, in big cities. There are still going to be large patches of older technology infrastructure in less profitable areas. It’s worth noting that companies such as AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are all launching intermediate network technologies in parts of the U.S. or on a market-by-market basis. So, just as users can still find themselves roaming on analog networks, it is likely that all the benefits of IPv6 networks will not be felt for a long time.

Enterprises are expected to be among the major customers for wireless data applications. Juniper reckons that it will help carriers snare the corporate clients through GGSN’s support of Layers 2 and 3 mobile VPNs and IPsec, along with the ability to separate enterprise traffic from consumer downloads. With the direct connection between mobile devices and corporate intranets over IP rendering some form of mobile security very necessary for corporate clients, wireless VPNs are becoming a hot topic in the industry.

On the hardware side, the GGSN is based around Juniper’s M series of routers; Komatas expects the M20 and M40e to be the most common platforms. It’s bundled with software that handles control signaling and packet forwarding.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) claims to have shipped several hundred GGSNs. Larry Lang, general manager and vice president of Cisco’s mobile wireless group says Juniper is "late to market but they’re here now... It's also confusing, because Ericsson already has a GGSN.”

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) claimed in 2000 to have created the first end-to-end GPRS network that supported IPv6.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung
http://www.unstrung.com

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MP_UK
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MP_UK,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:27 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'

Can anyone recommend any good white papers on mobile IP?

Why all the noise about IPv6 for 3G? Is it just due to the number of IP addresses required for all the handsets?
samTheFish
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samTheFish,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:25 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'
>Why all the noise about IPv6 for 3G?
It's a mandated part of the standard.

>Is it just due to the number of IP addresses required for all the handsets?

That's the biggest reason. Since the handsets will have really unique addresses ( not behind some IPv4 NAT) you'll enable true end-to-end applications. You'll also get rid of the headache of trying to scrape up v4 addresses.

I don't know any good white papers on mobile IP.

SamTheFish
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WDMer,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:23 PM
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Larry Lang(Cisco VP) is right. It is confusing..!!

Ericsson bought Torrent Networks for $450Millions for precisely the same reason. Torrent was merged and renamed as Ericsson IP Infrastrucure with
offices in Rockwell VA and Raleigh NC. What they
are going to do now???

Looks like another example of bad management at Ericsson to me..!
xoip
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xoip,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:22 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'
If handhelds/cell phones/mobiles have static IP why need land lines - Mobile could be the only communication device we will need - Interesting

How about the last mile ? could mobile Ip be the solution ?
reality_break
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reality_break,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:19 PM
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> Can anyone recommend any good white
> papers on mobile IP?

For a good book on the topic, check out http://www.phptr.com/solomon
4g
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4g,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:18 PM
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Hello -

It seems like the big companies are jointly-developing or buying their GGSN technology.

Nokia=Amber
Ericsson=Juniper
Nortel=?
Lucent=?

What does this mean for GGSN startups like Megisto and Tahoe that have no partners?
Do they have a chance?
WolfLarsen
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WolfLarsen,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:16 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'


Why do you need a landline now?

I haven't had one in quite some time and many people I know haven't had one in a long time.

-home pc on cable modem
-all phone calls via mobile
-laptop mobile data connection via mobile phone (yes super slow, but works well enough for mapquest in car when lost)
-no telemarketters (they aren't allowed to call mobile phones)

Belzebutt
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Belzebutt,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:14 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'
It seems like the big companies are jointly-developing or buying their GGSN technology.

Nokia=Amber
Ericsson=Juniper
Nortel=?
Lucent=?


Don't quote me on this but I think Nortel is using Shasta for these kinds of applications...
alcaseltzer
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alcaseltzer,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:12 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'
How about the last mile ? could mobile Ip be the solution ?
Is mobile yet cheap enough to serve as universal lifeline access?

Can you get enough bandwidth out of your mobile to supplant cable modems and DSL?

Can you get enough b/w out of your fixed wireless to supplant cable modems and DSL?

(I think I know the answers to all three...)
tink
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tink,
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12/4/2012 | 10:55:12 PM
re: Juniper Unveils 'Wireless Router'
is your cable satellite? or is there a wire to your house?
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