Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an approach to networking which removes embedded control plane functions from individual networking hardware, and moves these to a centralized location implemented in software. The use of centralized software based network control across multiple network elements can enable a multitude of benefits including but not limited to increased efficiency, faster time to new service deployment, and the ability to build multiple virtual networks over a common physical network fabric. SDN also enables tremendous cost savings by reducing reliance on proprietary hardware platforms used for conventional ‘hardware defined’ networking.
Amid growing demands for mobile broadband deployments, mobile SDN technology is increasingly gaining popularity among wireless carriers as a means of better scaling network capacity, whilst minimizing costs.
This report provides a global assessment of the mobile SDN market. The research assesses the business case, market barriers, technology architecture, vendor strategies and the industry’s future roadmap, as well as providing forecasts for SDN product revenue by region and access network type (mobile vs. wireline) from 2013 through to 2018. Historical figures are also provided for 2011 and 2012.
Topics of coverage include:
- Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology and architecture
- Mobile SDN business case
- Factors driving the mobile SDN market
- Challenges to the mobile SDN ecosystem
- Mobile SDN use cases
- Future roadmap of the mobile SDN industry
- Profiles of key mobile SDN vendors
- Wireless network traffic projections by region
- Market sizing and forecast by access network type and region
Companies and organisations mentioned, discussed or reviewed include:
Big Switch Networks
France Telecom (Orange)
Nokia Siemens NSN)
Open Networking Foundation
Portugal Telecom (PT)
Answers and opinions are provided with respect to the following
- How much revenue will be spent on SDN products in 2018?
- What are the key use cases of mobile SDN technology in a wireless carrier environment?
- Will mobile SDN technology help wireless carriers in reducing costs and driving new service opportunities?
- Will SDN eliminate the need for proprietary hardware in a wireless carrier network environment?
- What percentage of SDN product revenue will come from mobile network investments?
- How severe will be the impact of the lack of uniform standardization on the SDN market?
- How does mobile network SDN product revenue compare with spending on SDN products for wireline networks?
- Which region represents the largest mobile SDN market opportunity?
- How can SDN benefit Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology ?
- Which region is likely to see the first commercial cloud RAN investments?