Telefónica Spain picks Juniper Networks for 5G backhaul

Telefonica Spain
Juniper Networks scores a deal with Telefónica Spain to provide the telco with secure mobile backhaul for its growing 5G network. (Telefonica)

Juniper Networks reeled in a deal with Telefónica Spain to provide the telco with secure mobile backhaul for its growing 5G network. Juniper will supply Telefónica with its SRX5800 Services Gateway (SecGW), which includes vSRX and cSRX firewalls for extended telco cloud connectivity. 

By using the SRX virtual and containerized firewalls, Telefónica will be able to support additional services such as carrier-grade network address translation (CGNAT), stateful firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), denial of service (DoS), application security, VPN (IPsec), unified threat management (UTM), quality of service (QoS) and large-scale multitenancy in the future.

Juniper is also providing Telefónica with its fourth generation of Input Output Cards (IOC4), which has the highest throughput of all its SRX5000 series line cards by supporting up to 480 Gbps and offering multiple connectivity options from 10GbE to 100GbE.

“The rollout of our 5G network delivers an enhanced mobile experience for our customers, as well as new connectivity use cases such as IoT, augmented reality and others," said Telefónica Spain CTO Joaquin Mata, in a statement. "We need to ensure that the network traffic from all connected devices can traverse our network securely without impacting network performance. By leveraging Juniper’s single, low-latency security platform, we can be confident, regardless of scale, that our 5G network will be secure now and into the future.”

Juniper is aiding in the rollout of its SecGW solutions by using its professional services teams.

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The deal with Telefónica marked a notable win for Juniper's service provider division. In its second quarter earnings, Juniper beat analysts' expectation due in part to an increase in its service provider revenues.  

On a sequential basis, Juniper's service provider revenue increased by 16.2% in Q2, but was down 2.5% year-over-year. The service provider increase was notable for Juniper as it faced some continued supply chain issues during the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic. Juniper reports its third quarter results on Oct. 27.