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CMCNetworks, Africa, and the Middle East’s premier data network provider has announced enhancements to its SD-WAN delivery network. Long recognized as an innovator in the world of networking, CMC Networks has changed the game in service delivery by standardizing on Juniper Networks’ STEP (Service and Topology Exchange Protocol) for service delivery to its customer base across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. The move allows CMC to leverage the intelligence of Juniper Session Smart™ Routers to build an infrastructure that can learn network topology and service information dynamically, enabling the delivery of intelligent services with unprecedented speed and efficiency.

Geoff Dornan, CTO for CMC Networks, says, “We chose the Juniper Session Smart Router because of STEP which works in the same way as Waze or Google Maps, intuitively navigating network traffic with real-time data information. It allows accurate and immediate decision making autonomously, minimizing delays to ensure that network traffic arrives at its destination in the most efficient way possible. This helps to ensure that our customers receive an SD-WAN service that is high performing, secure and reliable.”

Juniper empowers CMC to differentiate services offerings with true intent-based networking with routers that learn business intent and connect consumers to business services efficiently. CMC has been rolling out Juniper Session Smart Routers across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East for the last three years, leveraging CMC’s scale and footprint to enable digital transformation across the region. Together with CMC’s software-defined flexible services edge platform, C-RAN™, STEP complements this next-generation SDN architecture by overlaying a new level of insight and intelligence.

“Juniper and our Session Smart Routers are laser-focused on optimizing user experience. We recognized early that networks must be application-aware to support the demands of the evolving enterprise and to deliver the highest levels of user experience. Session Smart Routing and STEP tick all the necessary boxes by delivering on the promise of a truly intelligent network that adapts as user requirements change,” said Sue Graham Johnston, VP and GM at Juniper Networks.

“We are thrilled that our partnership with CMC has yielded the delivery of this much-needed solution and look forward to our continued collaboration.”

CMC Networks’ Story as a Global Data Carrier Provider

CMC Networks, headquartered in South Africa, is a global service provider offering market-leading networking solutions across Africa and the Middle East. Providing services for over 30 years, CMC provides data communications to carriers, governments, multinationals, and various non-profit organizations. CMC operates in excess of 110 service locations providing a cost-effective, scalable and resilient network.

CMC Networks has the largest pan-African network servicing 51 out of 54 countries in Africa and 12 countries in the Middle East and offers regional hubs in key interconnect locations across Europe, UK, the Americas and Asia Pacific. CMC provides its customers with a broad portfolio of Carrier Grade Network Solutions including Ethernet, MPLS, DIA and SDN / SD-WAN and Cloud-based solutions.

CMC’s majority shareholders are The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm with $222 billion of assets under management across 365 investment vehicles.

Also read: Why SD-WAN Is The Future Of Networks For Business


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