Tata Play Fiber, an internet service provider (ISP) in India, has joined hands with US-based Juniper Networks to upgrade its regional network to improve scale and agility and in turn, offer enhanced digital experiences to users.
Under the deal, Juniper will deploy a 400G-capable network for the ISP powered by its Cloud Metro solutions, according to an official statement. It further added that Tata Play Fiber is looking to boost its capacity by 10-fold with the deployment.
In July this year, Juniper Networks announced innovations around Cloud Metro, a new category of solutions for service providers that can support fifth-generation (5G) technology and help service providers to sustain profitable business growth.
“The deployment will help Tata Play Fiber to meet the exponential growth in demand for high-speed internet connectivity,” said Sachin Deshpande, senior vice president of technology and field service delivery, Tata Play Fiber.
Juniper will be supplying its ACX7100 Cloud Metro Routers for this deployment, while the ACX710 supports the access layer. This means that Tata Play Fiber’s regional networks can now distribute content closer to subscribers using Juniper’s Cloud Metro solutions, potentially increasing capacity and performance while streamlining service delivery to enable profitable growth at scale.
“Our experience-first approach and Cloud Metro innovations have laid the foundation for Tata Play Fiber to deliver unparalleled network experiences for its customers,” said Sajan Paul, managing director and country manager, India & SAARC Juniper Networks, adding that with the new solution, the ISP will be able to provide “game-changing internet experiences” to customers.
Furthermore, the network company said that its Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) subscriber management solution simplifies the delivery of bundled services such as internet connectivity, entertainment content and home security. “By leveraging the open programmability of a Juniper network, the team at Tata Play Fiber can automate service delivery and provide quick home installation and troubleshooting,” it added.
This will streamline the customer experience and enable quicker access to premium, super-fast internet to millions of people in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, New Delhi and other major cities across India.
“The pandemic has reshaped media consumption habits in the world's second-largest internet market, with a rapidly growing number of consumers embracing the convenience provided by applications on internet-connected devices. While internet speeds in India continue to increase, networks are under constant strain due to remote work and bandwidth-intensive applications such as video conferencing, streaming video and gaming,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, according to an August 2022 report by network intelligence and connectivity insights provider Ookla, India retained the 117th position in global ranking for median mobile speed but saw an increase in median mobile download speed from 13.41 Mbps to 13.52 Mbps and overall fixed median download speed from 48.04 Mbps to 48.29.