Service Delivery Platforms (SDP): The SOA-enabled Path to Integrate Legacy and IMS Networks (With Revenue Forecast 2011-2017)


Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/27/2012 -- Summary: Service Delivery Platform (SDP) can be loosely defined as a standards based framework that facilitates the design, development, implementation and management of services required to run the operations of network services providers. The services could range from the basic voice connectivity to the state-of-the-art rich multimedia services. The most critical value-addition offered by the SDP methodology lies in its ability to abstract controlling parameters such as location, media control, integration and others. SDP interface with the network elements, OSS/BSS, telco IT infrastructure and partners such as application developers and content providers.

With research starting in 2007, this report evaluates the potential for SDP as a dependable, scalable and flexible platform for core business functions, next generation applications, and independent services. SDP is examined within the context of its relationship to the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the objectives to respond more rapidly to shifts in market conditions, customer demands, new revenue opportunities, and competitive threats.

The report includes revenue forecasts by geography, function, and media type from 2011 through 2017. Along with updated forecast, company analysis, SDP vendor and operator case studies, and SOA maturity model, this 2011 edition of the report includes the following updated material:

Additional Coverage

- SDP analysis of ZTE
- SDP analysis of Anaeko
- SDP analysis of Teligent
- SDP analysis of Huawei
- SDP analysis of NetCracker

Updated Coverage

Numerical forecasts
- Company activities and allied perspective
- Update of SDP vendor case study
- Update on SDP operator case study

The downturn and the subsequent recovery have augured well for SDP prospects. Operators are now able to more clearly able to visualize the importance of quick roll out and thus early monetization of their investments and the handiness of SDP in achieving that objective. However the technology will face increasing challenges to its relevance in the latter half of the duration 2011-2017.

Although, there are contrasting opinions about the value of SDP in the context of IMS, the overwhelming view is that at the very least, SDP does provide a framework for smooth transition from legacy to IMS.

In the context of the pressures faced by telcos in the 2008-2009 aftermath, the relevance of SDP is amplified as SDP promises quick monetization.

SOA and SDP have gained significant traction in the overall IT and telco environments respectively. SOA and SDP share considerable synergy as the architectural framework of SOA can help in achieving the end-result desired by SDP.

APAC and CALA constitute the most promising markets for the SOA and SDP solutions respectively. The promise is directly attributable to the gap between the existing level of technology sophistication and the potential optimal level of technology sophistication. APAC region has demonstrated that it does constitute the largest market for telecommunications while the CALA region is the least tapped among all regions.

SDPs find greater appeal among wireless telcos because of the following reasons:
Wireless technology has already overtaken wireline technology in terms of subscriber numbers

The relationship between the telcos and the subscribers is closer in the wireless domain wherein the telco has a decisive say in the character and extent of services deployed.

SI is an important component of the SDP solution. SOA specialists as well as Network infrastructure specialists maintain expertise in implementation methodologies and often tout this expertise as the differentiator with respect to competition. The importance of this component is reflected in its increased market share. The SI component feeds on the non-uniformity of SDP solutions.

System integrators will be able to ascertain the value of the installation and upgrade market size for SDP solutions

SDP specialists can map the size of their target market and the importance of services and product components in their portfolios

Telecom network infrastructure vendors will assess the importance of establishing or maintaining their presence among SDP stakeholders

Wireless, mobile/cellular, and fixed/wireline telecom companies will gain insights into the value provided by SDPs and how its implications to their business

SOA specialists will get an idea of the drivers and challenges for the SOA paradigm in the telecom domain in addition to accessing the market size and distribution for SDPs"

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