Juniper killing off MobileNext software line

|About: Juniper Networks (JNPR)|By:, SA News Editor

MobileNext, previously touted by analysts as a growth opportunity, works in tandem with Juniper's (JNPR) MX series edge routers to create a gateway/management system standing between 3G/4G mobile networks and wireline networks.

The platform, launched in 2011 as part of Juniper's Project Falcon mobile initiative, struggled to compete against Cisco's (CSCO) ASR 5000 gateway (a product of the Starent acquisition). Juniper says it will still target the mobile market via the MX series, SRX series security appliances, and the JunosV App Engine.

In spite of MobileNext's struggles, Juniper's MX series sales rose 19% Q/Q and 43% Y/Y in Q2. Likewise, Cisco reported strong July quarter sales for its ASR 9000 edge router line.