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Market Guide for Communications Service Provider Software-Defined Network and Network Function Virtualization Solutions

Published: 20 October 2015

ID: G00275168

Analyst(s): Akshay K. Sharma


CSPs require SDN and NFV solutions for continued growth, as legacy solutions fail to meet business needs and models, or support the scale and innovation required to compete with over-the-top providers. This document provides a guide for CSP CIOs, CTOs and network architects.

Table Of Contents

Market Definition

Market Direction

Market Analysis

  • Market Requirements for Hardware Vendors
    • Communication Network Infrastructure Solutions
    • IT Solutions for Enterprises, With vCPE Provided by CSPs and SIs as a Managed Service Offering
  • Market Requirements for Software Application Vendors

Representative Vendors

  • Solution Vendors
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Brocade
    • Ciena
    • Cisco
    • Citrix
    • ECI
    • Ericsson
    • HP
    • Huawei
    • Juniper
    • NEC
    • Nokia
    • Oracle
    • VMware

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