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Market Definitions and Methodology Guide: Carrier Network Infrastructure, Worldwide

Published: 18 January 2013

ID: G00246699

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


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
  • Fixed Access
    • DSL Technologies
    • Broadband Fixed Wireless
    • Fiber
    • Cable
  • Optical Transport
    • Optical Transport System Market
  • Service Provider Routers and Switches
    • Core Routers
    • Edge Routers and Switches
  • Small Cells
    • Femtocells
    • Pico cells
    • Wi-Fi Hot Spots
  • Mobile Network Infrastructure
    • Network Elements

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