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Juniper Networks, chief competitor to Cisco in the high-end routing market, this week announced technology to make it easier for telcos to set up wireless-LAN services.

The company has released extensions to its E-series broadband remote access routers, commonly used by service providers in DSL and cable networks, and SDX-300 network operations software, to make the technology more suitable for wireless LAN rollouts.

According Alan Taylor, UK technical director of Juniper Networks, the firm's technology provides more customisation features and is more scalable than current wireless-LAN gateways.

The Juniper pitch is simple enough: service providers can more easily scale hotspot networks and add new services by consolidating the user authentication and service creation functions from many hotspots around its platform.

E-series technology lets hot spot providers offer additional differentiated services such as guaranteed bandwidth, virtual private networks, Quality of Service (QoS), added security, and controlled access to premium content, the company says.

The SDX-300 provides Web-based login via customisable service portals and provides for dynamic self-selection of additional wireless LAN services. Together, the products are designed to make it cheaper and easier for mobile and fixed line operators to offer additional wireless LAN services to their existing customers.

When in roam

Juniper says its system is complementary to technology in development which allows mobile users to roam between wireless LAN and mobile phone networks.

On which note: HP on Monday signed a deal to combine its telecoms middleware with authentication software from Transat. The goal is to build a combined mobile phone and WLAN services billing package. ®

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