BT partners with Juniper on unified cloud network platform

Cloud Pro | June 03, 2019

BT has partnered with Juniper Networks to support with the core infrastructure that will underpin the rollout of its upcoming unified cloud networking platform.The platform will unify BT's networks including 5G, Wi-Fi and fixed-line into one virtualised service which will enable more efficient infrastructure management and deployment.The new unified platform will supposedly allow BT to "create new and exciting converged services bringing mobile, Wi-Fi, and fixed network services together".The platform's infrastructure will be build to a common framework, allowing it to be shared across BT's offices nationally and globally.

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