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How Two Meta-Trends Will Drive Telecom in 2015
Danny Dicks | Analyst
This year is expected to be a year of great market evolution across most telecom sectors, specifically in virtualization and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

This will open up new roads to profitability, increased revenues and reduced costs.
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Hot Market Sectors to Watch in 2015
The start of a new year traditionally brings analysts out of the woodwork to comment on the interesting trends they have observed in the year past, and to opine on what they expect to see in the year to come. Well, sorry, we couldn't resist. This Heavy Reading Insider report takes a broad look at the telecom technology market, and seeks to identify market sectors that will likely be hot in 2015.

2014 was in fact a highly creative and disruptive year for telecom. Several technologies have come together to create the potential for real innovation in the way networks are built and run, and in the types of services delivered over them, as well as in how those services are monetized. Big changes are being seen in nearly every aspect of the telecom technology supply chain. These changes will continue into 2015, and we expect a year of significant market evolution.

This report reflects the views of the authors, based on their analysis of the telecom infrastructure business, and shows areas they expect to be worth tracking in 2015. It is not intended to be comprehensive. Each section mentions selected companies doing interesting things; but as it is not intended to be a review of all carriers, service providers and vendors in all markets, it does not mention everyone. Sorry if you were missed. If you were mentioned – happy days!

Interestingly, nearly all the major areas of growth stem from two big changes: the increased deployment and adoption of LTE, and the widespread adoption of virtualization and "cloudification" for cost reduction and flexible service delivery.

Many of these areas open up opportunities for new players, particularly on the technology side (data center specialists moving into competition with WAN equipment providers; new device vendors taking on handset vendors; new telecom IT system providers offering security and analytics).

All that said, it could be argued that the industry is at a turning point – it has been struggling to find a way forward for some time, with service revenue growth slowing and operating costs rising. It might just be on the cusp of finding a set of solutions (on both the cost and revenue sides) that will enable communications service providers to plot a profitable path well into the future. This coming year may be pivotal in that journey.

Hot Market Sectors to Watch in 2015 identifies 10 "hot areas" for 2015, highlights interesting things that happened in 2014, explains why we think the market sector is likely to sizzle this year, how warm the temperature will get and (in chart form) how the sector can be expected to impact on carriers, service providers and vendors. Each section also provides some pointers for specific things to look out for in 2015.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (hri0115_toc_2.pdf)
Metro networks are undergoing rapid change in terms of the volume of traffic carried, types of traffic and the patterns of flow of that traffic. These changes are set to continue in the coming years, putting pressure on communications service providers to reduce costs (as revenue growth is not matching traffic growth), to reconfigure their architectures so they can most efficiently, most effectively support customers' new requirements in terms of service delivery and create new sources of income for the future. For this reason we consider that the metro network will be a hot area for both innovation, experimentation and investment in 2015.
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Total pages: 25
JANUARY 2015
Next-Generation PON: Status & Prospects
This report examines technology developments and standardization efforts for the next generation of PON, and considers which technologies will be used, and for what. It looks at how specific markets for next-gen PON will evolve, and compares vendors' focus and portfolios. Finally, it profiles 13 leading suppliers of PON equipment.
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DECEMBER 2014
Utilities & Gigabit Cities: A Market Sizing Report
This report assesses the size of the U.S. utility sector by providing a state-by-state list of U.S. utilities spanning all categories, and identifies market opportunities for technology vendors in the utility sector. This report focuses on opportunities driven by the Gigabit Cities trend and the FTTH network deployment activity of municipally owned and co-op utilities.
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NOVEMBER 2014
CESR Vendors Target Energy Efficiency Worldwide
This report reviews how vendors worldwide are specifically addressing energy efficiency, focused particularly on CESR products. The report is built around status reports exploring vendor strategies to improve energy efficiency, derived from recent interviews with 13 major vendors worldwide.
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CONTRIBUTING ANALYST
Simon Sherrington
Simon is an independent consultant who contributes regularly to Heavy Reading Insider. He has 13 years of experience analyzing, reporting, and consulting on technology market trends.
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Danny Dicks
Danny is an analyst and consultant with over 20 years' experience in technology markets who contributes regularly to Heavy Reading Insider.
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Tim Kridel
Tim writes for both Mobile Networks Insider and Cable Industry Insider. He has previously covered the wireless and cable industries for a number of research firms, including Heavy Reading.
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