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"Total spending in the cloud computing, network function virtualisation and software-defined networking markets will grow from USD7 billion in 2015 to USD28 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 32%."


Communications service providers (CSPs) have the difficult job of balancing tactical and strategic business goals, maintaining their relevance in an increasingly cloud-based ICT world, and assessing initial software-controlled networking (SCN) successes and frustrations. Meanwhile, network function virtualisation (NFV) continues to drive SCN market spending; enterprise and cloud services push software-defined networking (SDN) spending ahead; and cloud computing spend remains steady.

This report provides a 5-year forecast of spending split into:

- three technology types: cloud computing by communications service providers (CSPs); network function virtualisation (NFV) by CSPs; and software-defined networking (SDN) by CSPs
- three revenue types: hardware, software and services, with further sub-segmentation (see the ‘Market definition’ section for market segment definitions)
- four geographical regions: Asia–Pacific (APAC); Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America (LATAM) and North America (NA).

The report also provides:

- an analysis of the trends, drivers and inhibitors for the adoption of these technologies, plus changes in our assumptions since our previous forecast update (published in September 2015)
- recommendations for CSPs and suppliers (vendors and systems integrators)

Data on CSPs’ internal spending is excluded from this report.
The analysis is based on Analysys Mason’s in-depth software-controlled networking (SCN) research, as well as interviews with at least 40 CSPs and vendors active in the SCN markets.


Key Questions Answered in this Report

- What are the drivers and inhibitors of SCN solution and service growth?
- What is the business environment that is creating the need for SCNs?
- What are the key changes in the SCN markets compared to our previous forecast?
- Which segments and regions are growing the fastest and why?
- What are the sub-segments of the software revenue opportunity, and which are likely to offer the best growth?
- What is driving CSPs’ willingness to buy SNC-related professional services?


Who Needs to read this Report

- SCN vendor product managers and business development managers who need an independent third-party view of market opportunity size and timing.
- CSP planning and operations staff eager to gauge the progress of the SCN market by spending type, region, and technology for comparison to their own situation.

Table Of Contents

The Software-controlled networking: worldwide forecast 2016-2020
CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
RECOMMENDATIONS
FORECAST
MARKET DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
MARKET DEFINITION
ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND ANALYSYS MASON

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