This IDC study (a translation of the Japanese document IDC #J13010181) highlights our top 10 predictions with regard to trends in the 2013 Japan communications and network market. The study also proffers essential guidance to communication carriers and network device vendors.
The trend toward the IDC-defined 3rd platform is a new growth opportunity for telcos and network device vendors, and to pursue reform in operational structures. Software-defined network (SDN) is also entering a practical stage bringing disruptive technology to the communications and network market. George Hoffman, research manager for communications at IDC Japan says, "Telcos and network device vendors should examine the market, customers' business environments and technological changes in a level-headed way, and embark on strategies involving an in-house product and service roadmap and strengthening areas of differentiation."