Sunday, June 4, 2006

Juniper Launches Open IPTV and Multiplay Initiative

Juniper Networks launched an "Open IPTV and Multiplay Initiative" that would allow content and application service providers, complementary service infrastructure providers and third-party developers to utilize the open interfaces and flexible programming environment of Juniper Networks SDX-300 Service Deployment System to create enhanced service capabilities and offerings. The company also announced enhancements to its E-series Broadband Services Router.

As the first phase of this initiative, Juniper is introducing the new Open IP Service Creation Program with immediate availability of an open application programming interface (API) to enable applications to interact intelligently with the IP network. The SDX-300 enables dynamic application-driven control of network resources and provides intelligent service management functionality that allows providers to offer a mix of bandwidth intensive multiplay services with an assured user experience.

To date, a number of companies have built interfaces to, or software applications for, the Juniper Networks SDX-300 using its open APIs. A subset of those companies includes:

  • Microsoft (Connected Services Framework)

  • Siemens Shared Services LLC (IP Service Management)

  • Exent Technologies (Games-on-Demand)

  • RealNetworks (Media Delivery)

  • Ellacoya Networks (Application Traffic Management)

  • Tropos Networks (Wireless Service Control)

  • IBM (Bandwidth Control)

  • SeaChange International (Video-on-Demand Service Control)

Regarding the router enhancements, Juniper's E-series now supports the IETF's L2CP, a standard that enables the E-series platforms to communicate in real time with third-party platforms, such as DSLAMs, sharing critical information about access line rates, service mix types and service agreements. This open information sharing enables service providers to utilize the E-series to dynamically apply QoS and subscriber related policies from the edge to the IP core.

The E-series Broadband Services Router also now complies with Technical Report 101 (TR-101), a key deliverable of the DSL Forum to facilitate multiplay service delivery over a range of scaleable broadband access technologies. Ratified by the DSL Forum in late April, TR-101 enables service providers to evolve their DSL access networks to better support faster access rates to introduce new high-value multiplay services.


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