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This report forms part of Ovum’s Digital Economy in 2025 series. It analyzes how wholesale telecoms markets will change over the next decade and predicts the competitive implications of that change.


  • Wholesale markets already involve complex interactions between players and their services, issues of neutrality and equity, and flexible partnerships. All of these characteristics will become even more important as tech sector markets develop towards 2025.
  • Although the majority of communications traffic will use the public Internet, the majority of revenue will be earned from wholesalers’ private managed networks, which will provide a secure, resilient, and high-quality alternative to the public Internet, and through use of service hubbing platforms will enable service interworking and interconnection.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies how seven major trends will impact established, nascent and international wholesale markets and the companies operating in them
  • Examines what existing wholesalers must do to grasp and benefit from new opportunities in the coming decade

Key questions answered

  • How does Ovum expect established, nascent, and international wholesale markets around the globe to develop between 2015 and 2025?
  • What must existing wholesalers do to identify and exploit new opportunities in the coming decade?
  • How critical will wholesale services and solutions be to future retail services?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations to wholesalers

Changing wholesale markets and developing trends

  • Wholesale markets
  • Key trends impacting the development of wholesale to 2025

Network infrastructure developments

  • Why network infrastructure developments are important
  • The impact of network infrastructure developments

The necessity of service interoperability

  • Why service interoperability is important
  • The impact of developments in service interoperation

The importance of neutrality

  • Why neutrality is important
  • The impact of neutrality issues on wholesale

Increasingly complex relationships

  • Why the complexity of relationships is important
  • The impact of increasingly complex relationships

Rapidly changing wholesale service portfolios

  • Why rapidly changing wholesale service portfolios are important
  • The impact of rapidly changing wholesale service portfolios

New wholesale business models

  • Why new wholesale business models are important
  • The impact of introducing new wholesale business models

Adaptive service management and operations

  • Why adaptive service management and operations are important
  • The impact of adaptive service management on wholesale


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Authors

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