Mobile deployments are driving growth in the policy management software market, which is expected to become a $2.5 billion market by 2018, according to Infonetics Research. Voice over LTE (VoLTE), in particular, "continues to be a major driver behind policy management growth as operators seek to ensure quality of service (QoS) for voice traffic," the firm said.
The fourth quarter saw hardware vendors such as Cisco, Arris and Casa Systems ship a record amount of CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) gear, with CCAP channel shipments jumping by 192 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013, according to a report from Infonetics.
Aeroflex, a microelectronics and test and measurement equipment provider, is strengthening its software defined networking (SDN) capabilities by purchasing Dublin, Ireland-based Shenick Network Systems.
Amdocs is leveraging its acquisitions of Actix and Celcite for a new self-optimizing networks (SON) product that also integrates customer value data from Amdocs' existing BSS/OSS solutions.
At the end of the day, business services are admittedly less "sexy" than consumer apps, but may well represent the better opportunity for operators to generate revenue and remain relevant going forward, and provide them with the "happily ever after" they're looking for.
The need for self-organizing networks (SON) continues to grow and is being extended from LTE networks to 3G networks, according to market research firm Infonetics. The firm said that in a large majority of cases, 3G network optimization, rather than LTE alone, is already the key driver for using SON.
The opportunity in M2M is that it is now embarking on a path similar to that taken by smartphones, tablets and laptops in the enterprise. As the process of deploying these traditional devices have played out in the past few years, conversations are moving towards M2M. Enterprise education on the benefits, realities and possibilities of M2M will thus be critical in the years ahead.
Two analyst firms--SNL Kagan and Infonetics--released separate reports today on the growing demand for home media gateways. Both reports noted that consumers are demanding features from pay-TV providers that include such capabilities as personal video recording, streaming IP video and support for TV Everywhere.
Telco companies are adding IPTV subscribers, most likely at the expense of cable companies, which are experiencing a drop in their video customer base. This conclusion, from market research firm Infonetics, is based upon first quarter 2013 data but is not necessarily a big surprise for industry watchers.
Pace surpassed longtime set-top market leader Cisco in market share during the second quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by Infonetics.