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Saudi Telecom selects Juniper

Juniper Networks today announced that Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the leading national provider of telecommunication services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has deployed Juniper’s MX 3D Universal Edge Router and SRX 5800 Services Gateway to provide best-in-class IP services in their mobile network.  The solution, part of Juniper’s New Mobile Network vision, enables STC to evolve their networks for an all-IP world and deliver rich media services to their smartphone users.

Juniper Networks MX Series 3D provides the foundation for the Service Delivery Gateway (SDG) which delivers Traffic Direct and MPLS VPN support in the STC network.  Traffic Direct is a feature that Juniper announced at Mobile World Congress 2010 to steer Internet traffic around the mobile operator’s service complex. In addition, SDG can also deliver critical IP functions such as Carrier Grade NAT, Firewall, Video Optimization , Dynamic Application Awareness for traffic classification, and Server Load Balancing all running on a single Junos platform. This consolidation of services delivers up to 30 percent total cost savings over current deployments.

Juniper’s SRX 5800 Services Gateway, next generation security platform, provides comprehensive security to protect STC’s mobile infrastructure.  The SRX Series is a flexible platform that supports industry-leading scalability with each additional services processing card enabling a fully equipped SRX 5800 to support more than 120 Gbps firewall throughput.

“As a converged operator, we differentiate ourselves by providing superior customer experience regardless of the access method.  In the last two years, we have seen an exponential growth in mobile data traffic,” said Sami Hamad Alzomaia, director of data and BB services, network services solutions, Saudi Telecom Company. “To continue to remain the leader in the market, we needed to build innovative business models while harnessing all our networking assets. The Juniper solution gives us the flexibility and scalability to respond to the changes in the industry and protects our investment.”

“Customers are demanding high quality mobile broadband  services, which require enhanced network architecture combined with optimum security and simplicity,” said Mike Marcellin, vice president of product marketing and strategy, Juniper Networks. “STC’s deployment of Juniper’s Service Delivery Gateway solution gives them a competitive edge, and a flexible platform to rapidly deploy personalized services to their customers.”

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