Network Infrastructure & Software

The Market Challenge

Communication service providers are facing end-to-end questions around network transformation. They must make strategic decisions around investing in trusted legacy systems versus putting money into newer, but less trusted, network technologies. Moving too soon on change or betting on the wrong technology can have a drastically negative impact on these service providers. Concurrently, being too slow to adopt new technologies can hinder their abilities to launch new services and leave them vulnerable to competitors.

For equipment vendors, this transformation is just as fraught with challenges as those their service provider customers face. How do they introduce new networking technologies without out destroying their existing revenue base? Vendors’ technology bets are similar to those of their service provider customers when it comes to risk and reward.

How Ovum Helps You

Provide insight into which network technologies are hype and which ones will have a long and impactful life

Size different network domains and learn which ones are growing and which ones aren’t

Learn how operators are coping with the introduction of new technologies and what they have gained from those technologies

Articulate leading CSP and ICP network target architectures

Highlight key differentiating and winning vendor strategies such as bringing Purpose Built DCI products to market

Enable data driven decision making: e.g. Ovum delivers market sizing and growth forecasts in concert with vendor by vendor market share, enabling informed market entry-expansion decisions

“Ovum forecasts that by 2022 5G revenues will be approaching 40% of total RAN expenditures”

Key Deliverables

Quarterly equipment market share reports

Annual equipment forecasts

Technology trend reports providing market updates and vendor activities

Thought leadership pieces based on new technology advances

Industry baseline datasets: vendor contract database, GDCA

Key conference and event summaries and briefs

Themes for 2018

Next Generation broadband access
Broadband access provides the crucial link between the service provider and the end-user. As data consumption increases so too have the performance requirements for broadband access both fixed and mobile. One of the major challenge for communications providers is how to manage their transitions to newer access technologies like 4.5G, 5G,, FTTx, 10G-EPON, and even fixed wireless access


Network digital transformation with SDN and NFV
The move from hardware centric to software centric networks is on every communications service providers and equipment vendors’ radar. This presents major challenges for every involved. For example when, where, and how to start this transformation can greatly vary between communication service providers. The approach of different vendors will vary as well based on their own areas of network expertise and legacy network considerations.


Seeking product re-convergence and profitability in a splintered CSP-ICP market
Over the last two years, the data center interconnect market has bifurcated into two markets: one for the CSPs and one for the ICPs. In the long run, this is untenable for the vendor community, as supporting two product streams splinters the market, driving up cost and lowering profitability. The vendors need to strive to bring these markets back together for the next generation of data center interconnect solutions, rationalizing an irrational market.


Mobile any-haul for the 5G-IoT era
As the radio access world transitions to a 5G-IoT era, mobile backhaul networks will need to radically transform to keep pace. Mobile backhaul will evolve to front-mid-back haul “any-haul”, structure, to enable cost effective, latency optimized, agile and intelligent traffic carriage.


The Terabit arms race in the core
Optical networks are powered by the coherent transmission Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). DSP development is an expensive proposition and arms race. All the leading vendors are involved and one misstep immediately relegates a vendor to second tier status. The race is on for Terabit wavelength transmission.


Equipment vendors expand their reach by moving into new industry verticals
Communications service providers are not significantly increasing their network spending. This has created a major challenge for equipment vendors under pressure to grow revenues. Because of this, equipment vendors are looking for opportunities to sell their gear into new industry verticals like utilities, education, and manufacturing.

What’s New

Expanded coverage of SDN/NFV and network orchestration

More in-depth coverage on metro small cells

Any haul for 5G

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