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Network automation and orchestration: worldwide market shares 2017

Dana Cooperson Research Director
Gorkem Yigit Senior Analyst, Research

"The major NEPs led the NAO market in 2017 due to their strong positions in NMS and NCO, and a market preference for bottom-up, engineering-led approaches to network automation."

This report assesses which vendors led the USD7.4 billion market for network automation and orchestration (NAO) products and professional services. This market is split into network control and orchestration (NCO), which includes WAN SDN, network orchestration and virtual infrastructure management (VIM) sub-segments and element and network management systems (EMS/NMS). The overall NAO spend remains driven by EMS/NMS, but spending is rapidly shifting towards the three sub-segments of NCO as network and service automation become priorities for communications service providers (CSPs).

This market share report provides:

  • detailed market share data for the network automation and orchestration software systems market overall, as well as two sub-segments:
    • network control and orchestration, which includes network orchestration, virtual infrastructure management and WAN SDN
    • element and network management systems
  • a summary of key developments in the market overall and in each sub-segment
  • detailed profiles of 17 vendors in this market, and summaries of other players.


  • ADVA
  • Amdocs
  • ARRIS Group
  • Ciena
  • Cisco Systems



  • Ericsson
  • Fujistu
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE)
  • Huawei Technologies
  • IBM
  • Juniper


  • NEC/Netcracker
  • Nokia
  • Oracle
  • Samsung
  • ZTE