NEC and Fortinet partner to deliver high-performance security for 5G networks

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NEC Corporation and Fortinet have joined forces to offer secure 5G networks for communication service providers (CSPs).

Under their global agreement, NEC and Fortinet will set their focus on a series of key network security use cases and services, including radio access network (RAN), mobile roaming, and Gi-LAN/N6, to help service providers gain a comprehensive view into users, applications, and threats.


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Fortinet’s high-performance security solutions, featuring automation and AI-driven threat intelligence, will add to NEC’s carrier-grade services spanning over 150 nations, as part of the deal.

"5G success and growth depends on service providers' ability to deliver innovative enterprise-facing use cases while meeting their security requirements," said John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet.

“We’re pleased to partner with NEC to deliver the required solutions and expertise to facilitate enterprises' 5G adoption and CSPs' success," added Maddison.

NEC Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and NEC Open Networks will also be leveraged to meet the unique and often dynamic requirements of CSPs.

“The global partnership with Fortinet is a perfect fit for NEC Open Networks’ ecosystem to enable our services to meet the customer’s urgent and diverse needs for network security in the 5G era,” said Hideyuki Ogata, general manager, service provider solutions department, NEC Corporation.

“NEC CoEs already have rich experience in network security, including the recent success with Fortinet for CETIN and others. This partnership promises to further enrich our service portfolio facing customers as a global network integrator.”

Earlier this month, Fortinet launched the “fastest” compact firewall for hyperscale data centers and 5G networks.