Optical/IP Networks

Wireless Not in Lupiter Pact

Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) and Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) said today that the new networking deal between the two firms will have no impact on their existing wireless joint ventures (see Lucent Partners With Juniper).

Juniper already has a wireless router deal in place with LM Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY). The Swedish infrastructure vendor has exclusive rights to resell the jointly developed J20 GPRS gateway service node (GGSN), a box that sits between an operator's radio network and IP network and enables wireless data services. (see Juniper's J20 Is Jumping).

Siemens Information and Communications Networks Inc., which holds a 10 percent stake in Juniper, is also working with the company to develop a wireless router (see Juniper's Bizarre Love Triangle).

Meanwhile, Lucent recently signed a non-exclusive deal to resell Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) GGSN after it ditched its own Springtide product (see Lucent & Cisco: Together at Last).

Anyone feeling dizzy yet?

No matter, because none of these partnerships will have an affect on the Juniper/Lucent tie-up, the firms insist. They say the deal is squarely focused on building IP equipment for wireline operators.

This may leave some wondering why Lucent didn't just extend the Cisco wireless IP into the wireline world. "They probably didn't want to give too much power to one vendor," comments Phil Marshall an analyst at the Yankee Group.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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