SUNNYVALE, CA and TOKYO–(BUSINESS MANAGER)–Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure AI-driven networks and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading global provider of IT and network transformation services, today announced that they have selected PowercoNew Zealand’s second largest gas and electricity supplier to design and deploy an innovative new Wi-Fi network across its sites nationwide.
Powerco supplies electricity and gas to more than 1.1 million customers connected to its network 28,441 km of power lines and cables and over 6,100 km of gas pipes. Given the mission-critical and essential services it provides, Powerco needed to ensure not only robust connectivity, but also the health, safety and security of its employees while operating across its vast utility network.
After experiencing a number of issues with their legacy Wi-Fi network, Powerco began looking into replacing their incumbent wireless vendor, which would allow them to begin upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 as part of a larger technology upgrade.
In addition, the company turned to Juniper Networks strategic global partner NEC, with whom both have a long-standing partnership. Juniper has been a core provider of Powerco’s network and has been named a network leader. 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure. NEC’s partnership with Powerco includes the provision of qualified consultancy and the design of multi-domain networks to suit their needs. Now, Juniper and NEC have successfully demonstrated through solution trials how their AI-powered wireless networks can optimize Powerco’s Wi-Fi experience in nationwide operations.
Pleased with the excellent network reliability, insight and visibility it provided, as well as the ease of administration and troubleshooting, Powerco decided to completely replace the incumbent solution with Juniper’s solution. Wireless access points and Juniper Mist Wi-Fi Guarantee. In addition to NEC’s consulting and implementation services, the new platform now provides automated, real-time insight into Powerco’s user experiences across its network.
Looking ahead, Powerco is exploring further innovation in its wider network infrastructure with Juniper and NEC. This would potentially allow it to provide even more AI-based insight into the overall performance and health of its network, while enhancing efficiency and minimizing IT staff workload.
“Powerco’s mission-critical services are critical to its customers across New Zealand and Juniper is delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with them, alongside NEC to provide experience-based networking for their entire Wi-Fi network nationwide. A global alliance partner with an established history in New Zealand. We technology is designed to deeply leverage the operational and user benefits of cloud and AI, and we look forward to delivering great user experiences to Powerco based on network reliability, insights and future visibility.
– Ken Lord, Country Manager, New Zealand, Juniper Networks
“Powerco’s core services are central to much of New Zealand and NEC is honored to contribute alongside Juniper as a key business partner in the ongoing digital transformation of its network. Delivering modern solutions that deliver significant customer-centric value is a goal we share with Juniper and we look forward to helping Powerco further elevate and transform its network operations to better serve New Zealand for a long time to come. ”
– Nelson Gomes, Head of Networks, NEC New Zealand
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About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and networking technologies while promoting the brand statement of “organizing a brighter world.” The NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes in both society and the marketplace as it ensures social values such as safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more information, visit the NEC at https://www.nec.com.