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Juniper jumps on O-RAN bandwagon

Jai Thattil joins the podcast to discuss Juniper's efforts to develop RIC technology, and why partnerships with Intel and Rakuten are key to Juniper's open RAN vision.

Kelsey Ziser

December 13, 2021

Juniper jumps on O-RAN bandwagon

Jai Thattil, director of strategic marketing for Juniper Networks, joins the podcast to discuss Juniper's work in the open RAN space, why the networking company has partnered with Intel and Rakuten on O-RAN, updates on standards for the technology and his predictions for new O-RAN developments in 2022.

"Through this collaboration, we want to make sure our RIC [radio intelligent controller] and Intel's FlexRAN are working together to bring [O-RAN] solutions to the market," said Thattil. He adds that Intel and Juniper are also working closely with customers to trial O-RAN equipment.

Thattil also explains how Juniper's exclusive IP licensing deal with Netsia, announced earlier this year, supports Juniper's efforts around developing its RIC technology.

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Kelsey Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.

Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.

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