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This report takes a close look at operator activities and the potential of SDN and NFV in the Middle East, with a focus on selected GCC countries. 


  • Ovum expects that SDN and NFV are likely to be deployed through two distinct strategies, the more important being driven by headquarters of multinational operators in the GCC region.
  • Saudi Arabia offers the largest opportunity in terms of addressable market, due to the size of the country, data adoption, and number of subscribers.
  • Multiple tier-1 and tier-2 GCC operators say that many vendors are overinflating the cost-savings argument for SDN and NFV without proving the real value and flexibility of the technologies.

Features and Benefits

  • Helps vendors and system integrators understand the landscape in the Middle East, especially in key GCC markets.
  • Provides valuable insights into tier-1 operator plans and activities and paves the way for tier-2 and smaller operators' future planning efforts.

Key questions answered

  • What are key operator activities and buying patterns in terms of NFV/SDN?
  • What are the major trends in technology adoption?

Table of contents


  • Telco technology adoption
  • Telco behavior and buying patterns
  • Middle East industry survey
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix

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