Wireless Network Infrastructure
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IDC's Wireless Network Infrastructure service analyzes emerging opportunities and threats facing mobile network operators as they seek to transform themselves into digital lifestyle enablers. Similarly, network equipment vendors are transforming themselves into information and communication technology (ICT) vendors with a view to be the strategic partner in the mobile operator digital transformation journey. The service focuses on radio access, packet core, and wireless backhaul infrastructure products and solutions that support current and next-generation wireless voice, video, and data services for the emerging digital consumer marketplace.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • SMART Radio Access Network (RAN) – Fronthaul and backhaul solutions, coverage and capacity-driven HetNet strategies, small cells, carrier WiFi, security, SON
  • SMART CORE: Elements including MME, S-GW, P-GW, SGSN, GGSN, HSS, DRA, and PCRF, network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined networks (SDN) driven cloud initiative
  • SMART CONTENT: Video optimization, bandwidth engineering, mobile edge computing (MEC), CDNs
  • SMART Networks: Network analytics, network intelligence, network performance, service assurance
  • Holistic discussion on 5G architecture evolution
  • Bringing mobility to the cloud, social, and big data/analytics: a lynchpin opportunity
  • Spectrum implications, network-sharing trends and opportunities
  • LTE-based access technologies: LTE-A, TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE, LTE-U, LTE-M
  • 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
  • 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, 4G/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 5G? What is the right evolution path to 5G?
  2. What are the adoption trends in the area of network function virtualization, self-organized networks, and software-defined networks?
  3. What is the role of WiFi in future network architectures and mobile business models?
  4. Coexistence of legacy 3G and new LTE-based architectures?
  5. Discuss criticality for vendors to become ICT solution providers?
  6. What are the innovation opportunities to reduce business friction and technology friction in the mobile Internet ecosystem?
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Meet the Experts
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Carrie MacGillivray
Program Vice President, Mobile Services, IoT and Network Infrastructure
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Sathya Atreyam
Research Manager