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WAN SDN: worldwide forecast 2019–2023 and 2019 market share estimate

Dana Cooperson Research Director
William Nagy Analyst

"SD-WAN and multi-layer control platforms are growth drivers for telecoms WAN SDN spending, which is set to grow to USD4.5 billion in 2023 from a base of less than USD1 billion in 2018."

This report provides forecasts for communications service provider (CSP) spending on wide-area network (WAN) software-defined networking (SDN) solutions for 2019–2023, which will grow to USD4.5 billion. It also provides estimated market share data for this sector for 2019. The growth in spending on WAN configurators will taper off, spending on both SD–WAN and multi-layer control products will grow strongly and native SDN spending will be minimal until edge cloud/multi-cloud disaggregated fixed acess applications drive CSPs to more-radical architecture in 2021 and beyond.

This report provides:

  • a detailed, 5-year worldwide forecast for spending in the WAN SDN software market, split into:
    • four main approaches: WAN configurators, SD-WAN, multi-layer control and native SDN 
    • two delivery types: product-related and professional services (PS)
    • four telecoms services: mobile, IoT, business fixed and consumer fixed
    • eight geographical regions: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP), emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP), Latin America (LATAM), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), North America (NA), Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Western Europe (WE)
  • estimated market share data for the WAN SDN market in 2019
  • a detailed market definition
  • recommendations for communications service providers and vendors
  • analysis of the key vendors in the market.