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Report: The Upcoming Market for NFV, SDN & Wireless Will Be Huge

By Steve Anderson June 08, 2015

We all knew, at least on an anecdotal level, that the market for network functions virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN), and wireless network infrastructure was going to be enormous. But a new report from SNS Research emerged, and it makes clear that this market is poised to do big things, and soon.

Picking a centerpiece of a report called the “NFV, SDN & Wireless Network Infrastructure Bible: 2014 – 2020” wouldn't be easy under normal circumstances, and given that the report spans a reported 1,105 pages makes it even tougher. A host of points fought for attention, including a rapidly rising picture for capital expenses (CapEx), as network operators rolled out huge new deployments in both LTE and heterogeneous network (HetNet) infrastructure. The well-known demand for more bandwidth is no less universal on mobile, and networks are scrambling to meet that demand.

Additionally, the changing technological landscape is making for some major moves; both NFV and SDN are contributing huge value to the market, taking the burden of once necessary hardware platforms and, by extension, driving down total CapEx spending. With a host of options contributing to both markets, ranging from radio access network (RAN) and mobile core to backhaul and more, there are plenty of segments to consider in the wider markets of NFV and SDN. SNS Research projects that, by just 2020, the RAN segment alone will be worth more than $5 billion, and considering that that's just one facet among many in this market, this provides a breathtaking look at just how big this market could be.

The report's scope is staggering, covering a huge array of questions ranging from how Wi-Fi will fit into future network architectures to which wireless technologies represent the highest amount of spending and how that's likely to change over time. Also addressing a wide array of companies from Acme Packet to GENBAND and beyond, there will be few if any facets of the market that aren't represented here.

But what we can tell from the initial word is that the market for NFV, SDN and wireless infrastructure technology will be massive, and it won't take long to get that way. The rise of the mobile workforce alone suggests that the demand for wireless infrastructure will skyrocket, and with good reason; all those mobile workers will need bandwidth on which to send documents, set up videoconferences, and perform a host of other tasks necessary to a workday. But it won't just be the mobile workforce contributing to demand; everyday users will want more bandwidth to play games, watch videos, and even talk to friends and family. Bandwidth will be the hot commodity of the next several years, like as not, and those who are ready to provide it will likely be rewarded with expanded customer rolls.

The future of NFV, SDN, and wireless networking infrastructure will likely be huge, and it's documents like the “NFV, SDN & Wireless Network Infrastructure Bible: 2014 – 2020” that drive the point home. We've seen enough growth already to make the case well, but now, it's about as clear as can be.


Contributing Writer

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