IDC's Wireless Network Infrastructure service analyzes emerging opportunities and threats facing network equipment vendors selling to service providers offering mobile and wireless services, with specific focus on macro- and microcellular technologies and next-generation offload strategies. The service focuses on infrastructure products and solutions that support current- and next-generation wireless voice, data, and multimedia services in wide area network environments. This includes core network products for NGN architectures as well as wireless transport network technologies for backhaul. Research includes quantitative and qualitative market assessments as well as forecasts of market trends, technology requirements, and deployment strategies.
- Radio access network (RAN) equipment for current- and next-generation cellular (GSM, CDMA, WCDMA/UMTS, LTE), WiMAX, and WiFi networks
- Core network equipment, including the evolved packet core, for current- and next-generation cellular, WiMAX, and WiFi networks
- Mobile softswitches, SGSNs, GGSNs, and the evolution to P-GW, S-GW, and MME
- Wireless backhaul strategies
- Next-generation wireless network infrastructure design, implementation, and other services
- Effect of signaling on operator network deployments
- Network-sharing trends and opportunities
- VoLTE development trends
- Technical, regulatory, economic, and social issues affecting network evolution and technology selection
- Vendor go-to-market strategies and competitive positioning
- Network migration strategies of network operators
- Key applications driving demand for wireless networks, including M2M and mobile advertising
- Cellular (2G, 3G, and LTE) Infrastructure Forecast
- Heterogeneous Network Forecast
- Technology Evolution for LTE, CDMA, and WiFi
- WiFi Offload
- Wireless Infrastructure Services: A Competitive Segmentation
- Mobile Backhaul for 4G
In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.
- What is the market for current (2G/3G) and next-generation (LTE) cellular infrastructure by segment and region?
- How will the market evolve for femtocells, picocells, distributed antenna systems, and other "micro" deployments?
- How will WiFi fit into future network architectures for access and offload?
- How will operator LTE deployments proceed, and how long will HSPA and CDMA technologies coexist with LTE?
- How are equipment vendors positioning to gain share?
- What is the opportunity for wireless backhaul, and what new backhaul solutions are evolving?
IDC's Wireless Network Infrastructure service examines how network infrastructure vendors are positioning themselves to compete in the mobile and WiFi hotspot infrastructure market. This service reviews the strategies, market positioning, and future direction of several providers in the market, including:
ADC, Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Andrew, Aperto, Aruba, Avaya, Aviat, Cisco, Comverse, Ericsson, F5 Networks, Firetide, Fujitsu, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, iPASS, Juniper, Kineto, LG Electronics, Motorola Solutions, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Powerwave, Proxim, Qualcomm, Samsung, Tekelec, Tellabs, ZTE, and ZyXEL. The service also tracks network deployment and migration strategies of major mobile network operators in various regions of the world, including América Móvil, AT&T Wireless, Bell Canada, Bharti, BSNL, China Mobile, China Unicom, Clearwire, KDDI, MetroPCS, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, PCCW, Reliance, Rogers, SingTel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Telefónica, TIM, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone.
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