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Evolved Packet Core Expands Over 200 Percent in 4Q12, According to Dell'Oro Group

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Service Provider (SP) WiFi Emerging as Market Drivers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that Wireless Packet Core market revenues grew 25 percent year-over-year during the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by significant expansion of the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) segment.  

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Key takeaways from the quarter:

  • Ericsson achieved top ranking in the overall market by revenue; Huawei achieved top ranking by licenses shipped
  • Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung are benefitting from the industry transition towards Evolved Packet Core (EPC), taking significantly greater share in EPC than their share in the Traditional Packet Core segment
  • Overall market pricing was stable in the quarter.

"Since the emergence of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) a couple years ago, hundreds of Service Providers around the world have awarded EPC vendor contracts to companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens, Samsung and ZTE," said Chris DePuy, Analyst of Wireless Packet Core at Dell'Oro Group.  "While we expect more EPC contracts to be awarded, much of the vendor landscape for LTE-focused networks has been settled.  In the near future, we expect that important market transitions providing new opportunity for vendors will involve Software Defined Networking and virtualized computing architectures, consolidation of WiFi traffic to service packet core networks, and LTE network optimization to deliver Voice over LTE (VoLTE)."

About the Report
The Dell'Oro Group Wireless Packet Core Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices and sessions shipped for Traditional Packet Core equipment (GGSN, SGSN, PDSN and ASN Gateway) and Evolved Packet Core equipment (MME, Serving Gateway / SGW, PDN Gateway / PGW, and PCRF).   To purchase this report, please contact Julie Learmond-Criqui, call +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email [email protected].

About Dell'Oro Group
As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions.  For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit www.DellOro.com.

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