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Market Definitions and Methodology Guide: Carrier Network Infrastructure, Worldwide

Published: 07 February 2012

ID: G00228729

Analyst(s): Kathie Hackler, Akshay K. Sharma, Joy Yang, Akiyoshi Ishiwata, Tina Tian, Deborah Kish , Jouni Forsman , Peter Kjeldsen, Ian Keene, Sylvain Fabre


This document describes the segmentation and forecast methodologies Gartner uses when analyzing the world market for carrier network infrastructure. It also defines the many terms for equipment, systems and software.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know




High-Level Definitions and Segmentation

  • Carrier Network Infrastructure
  • Voice Switching, Control and Applications
    • Market Quantification
    • Softswitches
    • Media Gateways
    • Signaling Gateways and Session Border Controllers
  • Traditional Switching
    • Host Switch
    • Remote Switch
  • Fixed Access
    • DSL Technologies
    • Asymmetric DSL
    • ADSL2+
    • Global Standard High-Bit-Rate DSL
    • Very-High-Bit-Rate DSL
    • DSL Central Office Equipment
    • DSL CPE Units
    • Fiber to the Home
  • Optical Transport
    • Optical Transport System Market — New Technology Segments
    • Optical Transport System Market — Old Technology Segments
  • Service Provider Routers and Switches
    • Core Routers
    • Edge Routers and Switches
  • Mobile Network Infrastructure
    • Network Elements
    • Femtocells
    • Wi-Fi Offload

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