Sunday, November 19, 2006

Juniper and NEC Develop Joint IMS-FMC Solutions

Juniper Networks and NEC Corporation of Japan announced a partnership to develop IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions for the service provider market. The IMS-FMC solutions will combine NEC's advanced products and solutions for fixed and mobile networks with Juniper Networks carrier-class IP core and edge routers and security products. Both companies agreed to use and enhance existing standards based interfaces and conform to architectural standards defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and Telecoms & Internet converged Services & Protocols for Advanced Networks (TISPAN) standardization bodies.

The agreement expands an existing relationship between the companies dating back to 2001. Late last year, NEC and Juniper Networks announced joint development of secure VoIP solutions for the Japan market based on NEC's VoIP solutions and Juniper Networks network security platforms. In March of 2006, NEC and Juniper Networks announced plans to jointly develop next-generation networking (NGN) solutions. Today's announcement builds upon this ongoing relationship between Juniper Networks and NEC with a specific focus on for next-generation networks.

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