Juniper Networks and Telefónica collaborate over self-driving network

Juniper Networks and Telefónica are joining hands to develop the latter’s vision of a self-driving network.

The network will be the next iteration of Telefónica's Fusión Network – a platform built to drive digital transformation for its customers across Spain wherein Juniper will be a key partner. The project will help develop and implement new tools and processes in order to improve the quality of services, which are being offered to Telefónica customers.

The goal of the project is to evolve Telefónica's infrastructure into a self-analysing, self-discovering, self-configuring and, ultimately, self-correcting. This will allow detection and correction of network faults and anomalies way before services and the customer experience is impacted. Likewise, this approach will help to improve the rapid, reliable mitigation of cyberattacks. It is also likely to expedite the speed of business and result in lower operating costs alongside improvements in security, reliability and resilience.

Before making this a reality, Telefónica will test some of its tools which include Juniper Extension Toolkit for automation, Junos Telemetry Interface for analysis, and AI/Machine Learning, which will enable the network to suggest or even take actions appropriate to the demand and its state.

Additionally, a new study conducted by Thales has revealed security concerns UK consumers associate with connected devices, including cars. In the research, 1,000 consumers were surveyed across the US and the UK which showed that over half of Brits now own at least one internet-connected device, with wearable fitness trackers (24%), vehicles (18%) and smartwatches (16%) being the most common.

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