Wireless Network Infrastructure
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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 a 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.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Network technologies: UMTS, CDMA2000, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-Advanced, eMBMS, and TD-LTE
  • Implications of 3GPP release 10, release 11, and beyond
  • Evolution and definition of 5G networks
  • Radio access network infrastructure including RNC, E-UTRAN elements, small cells, HetNet strategy, and densification strategies
  • Core infrastructure — elements including MME, S-GW, P-GW, SGSN, GGSN, PDSN, HSS, DRA, and PCRF
  • Network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined networks (SDNs), and cloud initiative
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IMS architecture, and related elements including MMTEL, I-CSCF, P-CSCF, S-CSCF, MGCF, and SBC
  • Rich communication services and their implications on mobile operator revenue strategies
  • Mobile backhaul strategies
  • Control plane, user plane traffic trends, and related challenges in network
  • User perception is reality; increased business implication of over the top (OTT) players on network operators
  • Ubiquitous role of service enablers such as diameter routing agents, AAA servers, and policy enforcement
  • Network-sharing trends and opportunities
  • Technical, regulatory, economic, and social issues affecting network evolution and technology selection

Core Research

  • Infrastructure Forecast — 3G, LTE Network Elements
  • Heterogeneous Network Forecast – with a Special Focus on Small Cells Including Metro, Micro, and Pico (DAS) Elements
  • Technology Evolution Including LTE-Advanced, eMBMS, TD-LTE, VoLTE, vRAN, vEPC, RCS, and Carrier WiFi
  • Mobile Broadband Architecture and Related Trends
  • Radio Network Architecture Challenges and Related Solutions
  • Network Function Virtualization, Self-Organized Networks (SONs), Software-Defined Networks, and Related Implication on Network Infrastructure
  • Evolving Role of Network Infrastructure on Customer Service Assurance

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.

Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the market for 3G and LTE cellular infrastructure by segment and region?
  2. What is 5G? What is the right evolution path to 5G?
  3. What are the network operator trends in the area of network function virtualization, self-organized networks, and software-defined networks?
  4. How will WiFi fit into future network architectures for access and offload?
  5. How will operator LTE deployments proceed, and how long will HSPA and CDMA technologies coexist with LTE?
  6. How are equipment vendors positioning to gain share?
  7. What is the opportunity for wireless backhaul, and what new backhaul solutions are evolving?

Wireless Network Infrastructure Coverage

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Companies Analyzed

IDC's Wireless Network Infrastructure service examines how network infrastructure vendors are positioning themselves to compete in the mobile radio, mobile broadband, and infrastructure market. This service reviews the strategies, market positioning, and future direction of several providers in the market, including:

Acision, Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Cisco, CommScope, Comverse, Dialogic, Ericsson, F5 Networks, Fujitsu, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, iPASS, Juniper, Kineto, LG Electronics, Motorola Solutions, NEC, NetScout Systems, Nokia Solution Networks, Oracle Communications Group, Polaris Networks, Powerwave, Proxim, Qualcomm, Samsung, Taqua, Tektronix, Tellabs, Trendium, and ZTE. The service also tracks network deployment and migration strategies of major mobile network operators in various regions of the world, including Alaska Communications, América Móvil, AT&T Mobility, Axiata Group, Bell Mobility, Bharti, BSNL, China Mobile, China Unicom, Cincinnati Bell, Claro, Cricket Communications, C-Spire, Everything Everywhere, KDDI, Kuwait Telecom, nTelos, NTT DOCOMO, Oi, Orange, PCCW, Reliance, Rogers, Saudi Telecom, SingTel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Telefónica, Telstra, Telus TIM, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone.

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Carrie MacGillivray
Program Vice President, Mobile Services, IoT and Network Infrastructure
Sathya Atreyam
Research Manager