Juniper RIC Implementation
The RIC platform extends Juniper’s vision for network automation, control, intelligence, and assurance to the radio access network. As a RAN-neutral vendor, Juniper’s approach is to create a RIC platform that enables powerful rApps/xApps from Juniper and third parties, available in an Open RAN “app store,” which help operators create new business models, personalize service experiences, and optimize CapEx and OpEx. Juniper solutions are architected with open interfaces on the northbound and southbound sides for easier integration with partner solutions in the Open RAN ecosystem.
The RIC platform is also central to Juniper’s vision to build an SMO platform that delivers:
- Multi-cloud orchestration across regional data centers, national data centers, and public clouds
- Multi-domain orchestration across the RAN and transport and core network domains
- Multi-tenant orchestration across different mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), enterprises, neutral hosts, and other entities
The Juniper SMO delivers end-to-end network slicing with support for prescribed SLAs across the RAN and transport and core networks (see Figure 2). The Juniper SMO implementation supports the 3GPP-defined Communication Service Management Function (CSMF), Network Slice Management Function (NSMF), and Network Slice Subnet Management Function (NSSMF) standards.
Network Slicing and Orchestration Architecture