Taxonomy changes

Telecoms software research taxonomy changes

We are delighted to announce some exciting new updates to Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks portfolio of research programmes. We are changing the names of seven programmes to better reflect the direction our research is taking, align the programmes with our mission to help the market move forward to a more automated/autonomous, cloudified future and clarify the connections to Analysys Mason’s related programmes (such as Video Strategies). We have outlined the name changes and the research focus of each programme in Figure 1.

We have included our Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme for completeness, but its name is not changing. We will continue to focus on the architecture, technology, investment and organisational decisions that communications service providers (CSPs) must make, and suppliers must support, on the way to becoming digital service providers (DSPs). We are increasing our focus on all aspects of digital infrastructure architecture and implementation; on service and infrastructure automation, assurance and fulfilment as key enablers of business agility and efficiency; and on service provider and supplier best practices and success stories.

Figure 1: Telecoms Software and Networks research programme names and focus areas

Current name New name  Focus of the research and analysis 
Network Orchestration (NOM) Network Automation and Orchestration (NAO) The operationalisation and automation of the hybrid virtual–physical network and the related vendor landscape, with a view to creating an adaptive and autonomous network.
Next-Generation Wireless Networks (NGW) No change Understanding the steps that CSPs and suppliers need to take as networks evolve from LTE to 5G. Topics include network architecture, antennas, applications, coverage, MEC, virtualisation, disaggregation and x-haul.
Service Assurance (SA) Automated Assurance (AA) Lifecycle automated assurance requirements for networks and services, VNFs and the NFV infrastructure underpinning the virtual network, plus vendor solutions and the competitive landscape.
Service Fulfilment (SF) Service Design and Orchestration (SDO) Solutions and requirements for designing, creating and activating services; pushing service requirements by intent to the network; and managing the order lifecycle (additions/changes/deletions).
Service Delivery Platforms (SDP) Video and Identity Platforms (VIP) Video service and platform requirements and related identity management for personalisation and monetisation. Identification of key digital identity management market verticals, and the platform approaches and business models that CSPs can use to assert themselves in the digital economy.
Software-Controlled Networking (SCN) Digital Infrastructure Strategies (DIS) The transformation of the network into (software) 'code'; key technologies and platforms that will underpin the network as digital infrastructure; assessment of industry progress towards digital infrastructure implementation; and trends that threaten established network value chains.
Network Investment Strategies (NIS) Operator Investment Strategies (OIS) Deep dive into the trends, opportunities and threats of operator investment options. Raw data sets and analysis of investment strategies in 5G, fibre and FMC, plus the trade-off between physical network build and digital transformation.

These changes and more-explicit interrelationships between programmes reflect shifts that we have already made in our coverage.

The change to the Service Delivery Platforms research programme is the most significant. It refocuses this programme on the video and identity platforms and related opportunities that sit at the intersection of digital and network transformation and deemphasises more-mature technologies such as telecommunications application servers (TAS). However, we will continue to provide market share and forecast information for the segments that we are deemphasising. The segmentations of our other software market programmes will remain the same.

Figure 2: The renamed portfolio of research programmes and their relationships

If you have any questions regarding any of the changes to our research portfolio, please contact our customer service team, your account manager or Dana Cooperson, the Telecoms Software and Networks (Technology) research director. As always, you can review your subscription options with your account manager prior to renewal time.