Spirent Puts Juniper Networks Mobility Solution to the Test; EANTC Uses Spirent Solutions to Validate Performance, Scale and Reliability of MobileNext Broadband Gateway
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Spirent Communications today announced that the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) and Juniper Networks selected its mobile network solutions to test the Juniper Networks MobileNext(TM) Broadband Gateway . EANTC's tests used Spirent solutions to test the performance, scalability and reliability of the gateway and its ability to support large metropolitan areas with several million subscribers accessing 3G or LTE applications.
EANTC validated MobileNext Broadband Gateway's ability to scale up to millions of mobile subscriber data sessions, with seamless mobility across 3G and LTE networks. Although service provider networks are not yet required to support this scale, it is critical that converged mobile gateways be prepared to support the exponential growth rates in mobile data traffic forecasted for the next few years.
"Juniper's MobileNext packet core solutions give mobile operators the ability to transform their legacy networks into an open, secure and scalable mobile broadband network that will enable them to profit from the smartphone revolution," said Kumar Mehta, vice president of engineering, Mobile Business Unit at Juniper Networks. "Working with Spirent, we successfully verified that our solution delivered the scale, performance and services required today and well into the future. This was the most impressive performance that has been seen to date in the public testing of a mobile gateway."
With the Spirent solution, EANTC validated that Juniper's MobileNext packet core solution supported 8 million mobile subscribers, a throughput rate of 434 Gbit/s and support for 168,000 transactions per second in a fully redundant configuration. Using the Spirent solution's realistic mobile emulation, EANTC performed both intra-RAT and inter-RAT handovers of 3G and LTE with no impact to the performance of the gateway. The test also demonstrated the ability of the MobileNext Broadband Gateway to support key features like IPv6, MPLS VPNs, Traffic Policing and Charging with no impact on performance.
EANTC's tests leveraged Spirent TestCenter(TM) and Spirent Landslide applications to validate performance, scale and reliability. The Spirent solutions' integrated approach to testing helps to demonstrate that converged networks and network elements are capable of handling complex traffic from millions of mobile and fixed subscribers. With the growing demand for IP services, including QoE-aware live video streaming, Spirent enables emulation of millions of subscribers under real world network conditions, which include an unprecedented number of applications being delivered concurrently to any device.
"We are pleased to have supported EANTC in this test, which is impressive in its scale. For operators to leverage the benefits of the mobile Internet, it's critical to validate the network's performance at scale in the context of a complex converged network environment that is expected to do more with less," said Jeff Schmitz, vice president, Networks & Applications at Spirent. "Spirent's approach involves the use of a single converged solution to test the mobile network under realistic scenarios by validating mobile handoffs in an 'Any G' environment, emulating millions of mobile devices with realistic application traffic and determining the impact on subscriber QoE."
To read the EANTC test report visit http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/whitepapers/2000460-en.pdf
For more information on how Spirent helps mobile operators and equipment vendors prepare their network for the mobile Internet generation visit http://www.spirent.com/Networks-and-Applications/Mobile_packet_core.aspx
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