Wireless testing providers need to offer end-to-end products for a heterogeneous market

October 15, 2014 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Wireless testing providers need to offer end-to-end products for a heterogeneous market
Network equipment manufacturers and network operators face an uphill task in adequately testing and monitoring network infrastructure in a cost-competitive environment.

This is mainly due to the surge in digital data and proliferation of virtualization, software-defined network (SDN) and network functions and virtualization (NFV). The heterogeneity and complexity of the market has compelled test providers to develop innovative tools that efficiently test and provide network visibility without an increase in the OPEX.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues of $1.33 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $2.66 billion in 2021. The firm finds that the market earned revenues of $1.33 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $2.66 billion in 2021.

"Fueled by rapid penetration of smart devices as well as the Internet of Things, growth in Big Data caught network equipment manufacturers and network operators by surprise," said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Research Associate Rohan Joy Thomas. "As legacy monitoring systems are proving inadequate, there is likely to be a major overhaul in the type of equipment used for monitoring and analyzing data in real time, as well as in the integration of meaningful data back into data centers."

The rise in the number of third-party service providers and the heterogeneity of the network infrastructure — comprising 2G, 3G, 4G and voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) deployments - also make a solid case for novel solutions. End-to-end products, consisting of both legacy-based systems as well as contemporary network monitoring systems, are the need of the hour.


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