Gartner Research

CSPs Cannot Dismiss Google's New Network Initiatives

Published: 22 November 2013

ID: G00255058

Analyst(s): Wm. L. Hahn

Summary

Google's substantial network assets place it in a unique position to erode communications service provider advantages, so CSP strategic planners must hone their reaction to stay on course. As Google alleviates the pain of implementing the vital groundwork, shrewd CSPs can exploit new opportunities.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Google's very high-speed fiber access service in select U.S. metro areas threatens incumbent CSPs' dominance
  • Google's investment in satellite provider O3b Networks improves CSP choice and pricing for wholesale capacity, benefiting managed service offers in selected markets and verticals
  • Google is experimenting with new ways of reaching emerging mass market customers via nontraditional methods, which can also benefit local CSPs

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