Carrier Network Infrastructure

IDC's Carrier Network Infrastructure (CNI) service analyzes emerging technologies, strategies, and deployment models as telecom carriers transform using cloud/MEC, digital, and virtualized network infrastructure. In addition, this service examines interactions between leading telecom hardware and software vendors, wireless and wireline carriers, and cloud service providers (SPs), in addition to exploring how those partnerships are driving overall industry transformation. It also analyzes applicability of as-a-service models (NaaS, IaaS, and SaaS) to telecom networks. Finally, this service broadly covers both trends related to public and private networks, including how wireless (e.g., cellular) and wireline networking is being applied for enterprise customers. Research includes quantitative and qualitative market assessments as well as forecasts of market trends, technology requirements, and deployment strategies.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Telco cloud ecosystem: Evaluating strategies employed by leading hardware/software vendors, comms SPs, cloud providers, and third-party value-added players
  • Carrier multi-access edge (MEC)
  • Network transformation strategies of comms SPs
  • Technology convergence of the wireline and wireless infrastructure including Optical, HFC, FMC, and software
  • 5G infrastructure: Technology and business implications for key stakeholders such as comms SPs, cloud providers, equipment vendors, enterprises, and industry verticals in the 5G ecosystem
  • Network core, access, and transport strategy deployed within cable, mobile, content, and wireline service providers
  • SD-WAN and virtual network services
  • IP and optical convergence in comms SPs' routing and switching platforms

Core Research

  • Telco Cloud Forecast: NFV/SDN, NFVI and Cloud-Native Networking
  • Carrier MEC Software Forecast
  • Worldwide SD-WAN forecast
  • Worldwide Carrier Routing Equipment Forecast
  • Virtual vCPE/uCPE Market Forecast
  • Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Forecast
  • Worldwide Private LTE/5G Network Infrastructure Forecast
  • Worldwide LTE/5G Wireless Router Forecasts
  • Carrier Ethernet (Routing and Switching) Forecast and Opportunities
  • Carrier Market Analysis Perspective (MAP)

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. How and why is capex and opex spending transforming within fixed and mobile network operators?
  2. Which business use cases will drive NFV/SDN and NFVI growth in cable, content, mobile, and wireline networks?
  3. How will MEC transform comms SPs and enterprises' infrastructure?
  4. How are network equipment providers positioning themselves to enable the service provider network transformation?
  5. What are the business and technology implications of open software platforms on vendor product road maps?
  6. What will the technology value chain look like in a public and private 5G era?
  7. What role will cloud providers play as more network workloads are hosted on public and private cloud infrastructure?

Companies Covered

AT&T Inc., Airvana Inc., Akamai Technologies, Inc., Alef Mobitech Inc, Amazon Web Services Inc., America Movil, S.A., Aruba Networks, Inc., Axiata Group Berhad, BT Group plc, Bell Mobility Inc., Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., Bharti Group, C-Spire, CellMining Ltd., Cellwize Wireless Technologies Pte Ltd., China Mobile Limited, China Unicom Limited, Cincinnati Bell Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Claro S.A., Cobham PLC, CommScope, Inc., Deutsche Telekom AG, Dialogic Inc., EE Limited, Ericsson, F5 Networks, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Google LLC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., IBM, Intel Corporation, JMA Wireless International Sales Corp, Juniper Networks, Inc., KDDI Corporation, Kineto Wireless Inc., Kuwait Telecommunications Company, LG Electronics Inc., Meta Platforms Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Motorola Solutions, Inc., NEC Corporation, NETSCOUT Systems, Inc., NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Nokia Corporation, Oi S.A., Oracle Corporation, Orange S.A., PCCW Solutions Limited, Qualcomm Inc., Reliance Communications Ltd., Rogers Communications Inc., SAP SE, SK Telecom Co., Ltd., Samsung, Saudi Telecom Company, Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Syniverse Technologies, LLC, T-Mobile, TELUS Corporation, TIM S.p.A., Taqua Systems Inc., Tata Communications Limited, Tata Group, Telefonica S.A., Telekom Austria AG, Telenor ASA, Telia Company AB, Telstra Corporation Limited, Vasona Networks Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Vodafone Group Plc, ZTE Corporation, iBasis Inc., iPass Inc., nTelos Holdings Corp.

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Ajeet Das

Research Director, Telecom Infrastructure

Patrick Filkins

Research Manager, IoT and Telecom Network Infrastructure

Rohit Mehra

Group Vice President, Network and Telecommunications