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This report is part of Ovum’s Digital Economy 2025 series. It covers how telecoms and other communications service providers’ networks will change over the next decade and the competitive implications of those changes.


  • Software-based network solutions will help facilitate true fixed–mobile network convergence.
  • Software brings increased competition. Those parts of the network most impacted by software will be the most competitive.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn how different parts of the network such as access, core network, and data centers will evolve over the next decade.
  • Learn how Ovum sees the competitive landscape when it comes to communications networks in 2025.

Key questions answered

  • How will the telecoms network change between 2015 and 2025?
  • In 2025 what classes of network vendors will be most dominant by network segment?
  • How will the infrastructure vendor market change between now and 2025?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Communications service provider network and technology landscape of 2025

  • 5G will be in full bloom
  • Wireline access will continue to do lots of the heavy network lifting for both wireline and mobile service providers
  • SDN and NFV will help fuel major shift in network architectures
  • Continued data center deployments will expand DCI networks
  • Open is the new paradigm for move to software-centric networks
  • Network intelligence: analytics, automation, and orchestration
  • The network of 2025 will be less siloed

Network needs vary by CSP type

  • Different classes of CSPs will have different infrastructure requirements

The network infrastructure landscape of 2025

  • Vendor landscape is continually changing and will not yet be settled by 2025
  • Where different vendor types will be strongest in 2025


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Authors

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