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The Software-controlled networking: worldwide forecast 2016–2020

  • November 2016
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  • Analysys Mason
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  • 61 pages


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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.

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