US-based vendor Juniper Networks has announced that the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, EE, has completed the migration to its new national IP/MPLS core network. In revealing the development, Juniper noted that the new infrastructure underpins the delivery of 4G services by using its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers.
EE’s 4G coverage now reaches 72% of the UK population, while 3G coverage is said to stand at 98%. Meanwhile, having signed up around 3.6 million 4G subscribers in the 19 months since introducing commercial LTE-based services, such swift customer adoption is said to have prompted the cellco to have underpinned its network with an MPLS platform capable of providing carrier-class high-performance at scale, in order to deliver ‘a consistently excellent end user experience’.
Commenting on the development, Peter O’Donnell, EE’s head of Transport Network Design and Planning, was cited as saying: ‘As the first mobile operator to launch LTE in the UK, EE had to ensure that the quality of the 4G service was of the highest standard. We now predict 97% of our customer base will be using 4G devices by 2018, largely because of the positive experience our network has delivered … The MX Series from Juniper has a strong track record with proven investment protection. The Universal Edge provides EE with all the capacity and performance head-room that we need in the medium term and has a strong development roadmap, so our investment is sound.’