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Market Trends: How CSPs Should Approach the SD-WAN and NFV Service Market

Published: 17 August 2017

ID: G00319498

Analyst(s): Kenshi Tazaki , To Chee Eng , Ted Chamberlin , Gaspar Valdivia


Software-defined wide-area network and network function virtualization will redefine how enterprises build their networks in the future. This research advises technology strategic planners in communications service providers how to turn this disruptive trend to their advantage.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • The Market Shift to SD-WAN and NFV Has Begun
    • SD-WAN
    • NFV
    • Large CSPs Are Leading the Pack
  • Threat or Opportunity?
    • Threats
    • Opportunities
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Service Providers and Technology Vendors Jockey for Position in New Markets
    • How Major CSPs Are Approaching This Opportunity
  • Buyers Trend
    • Buyers Shifting to Intelligent and Dynamic Networking

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