AT&T, BT and other traditional telcos' move to migrate more of their customers off TDM-based T1 and E1 access to IP-based services like Ethernet is expected to create a bountiful market opportunity for EFM (Ethernet in the first mile) bonded copper and fiber Ethernet access devices (EADs) vendors.
Revenue from Ethernet services delivered on 10GE and 100GE is forecast by Infonetics Research to grow 300 percent between 2013 and 2018.
Cisco remained the dominant enterprise session border controller (eSBC) vendor in the first quarter, according to Infonetics' Enterprise Session Border Controllers report.
The market for femtocells and enterprise small cells is picking up, driven in part by LTE deployments, and looks like it will remain strong through 2018, according to Infonetics Research. The report appears more bullish than forecasts recently released by Mobile Experts.
The need to deliver OTT and multiscreen TV is leading to an upsurge in spending on broadcast and streaming video equipment, Infonetics Research says in a report tracking pay-TV subscribers and video equipment sold across the telecommunications space.
Service providers may be interested in adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), but Infonetics says their cautious outlook on these technologies is driving them to be more cautious with spending capital on new routers and switches.
IPTV service providers are not content with just any wireless connections coming from their set-top boxes. They're demanding 802.11ac, a potent version of the current 802.11n Wi-Fi standard that can deliver speeds from 433 Mbps to multiple Gbps.
Despite ongoing LTE rollouts worldwide, older wireless air interfaces such as EDGE and HSPA will remain workhorses for many 3GPP operators, according to Infonetics Research.
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.