Network Automation and Orchestration


This programme focuses on four areas: network and element management systems, domain control and orchestration, SD-WAN, and automation applications. It provides critical insights into established and emerging network management, automation and orchestration products and related professional services. It is based on 25 years of research involving interviews with vendors and operators to produce annual market shares and 5-year forecasts as well as strategy reports.


  • Network evolution. SDN control and orchestration for next-generation Open RAN and transport networks.
  • IT stack consolidation. orchestrating virtual network functions (VNFs) and cloud-native functions (CNFs) on one platform.
  • AI and hyperautomation. leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to enable highly autonomous networks.
  • Delayering. the role of Open APIs to support network programmability and interoperability.

Questions answered

  • How can AI be effectively integrated into network automation solutions to streamline network operations, enhance intent-based networking and self-optimise network performance?
  • How are operators leveraging SDN-driven domain control and orchestration in the evolution towards highly programmable networks to enable multi-vendor, multi-domain Open RAN and transport networks, and what are the challenges that they are facing?
  • How can Open APIs and interoperability standards across OSS/BSS layers support new enterprise and wholesale services?
  • How does cloud-native automation facilitate the adoption of SaaS and network-as-a-service business models?
  • What is the future of network management systems (NMSs) and element management systems (EMSs) – can a single consolidated OSS platform remove the need for network/service fragmentation?

Programme head Justin van der Lande

Justin van der Lande Research Director