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Telco cloud infrastructure software market to grow to $27B in 2027 – IDC

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1% over the 2022-2027 forecast period. #pressrelease

January 17, 2024

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NEEDHAM, Mass. – International Data Corporation (IDC) sees cloud-native deployment of telco network workloads accelerating in 2024. IDC forecasts worldwide revenue for telco cloud infrastructure software, including virtual network functions (VNFs), cloud-native network functions (CNFs), and network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI), across four market subsegments (core transport, mobile infrastructure, mobile backhaul, access networks and virtual CPE), will grow from $12.9 billion in 2022 to $27.3 billion in 2027. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1% over the 2022-2027 forecast period.

Most current telco workloads continue to leverage VNFs; however, as wireless, wireline, and other service providers turn their attention to cloud-native workloads, we expect the CNF market to grow rapidly. In making this year's forecast, IDC has accounted for the recent emergence and growing initiative to deploy cloud-native, container-based telco workloads across the telco cloud. Accordingly, the forecast breaks out cloud-native network functions as a separate line item.

In addition, with the inclusion and discrete breakout of cloud-native network functions, IDC recognizes the impact on NFVI and underlying shifts toward container-as-a-service (CaaS) offerings that include container-based infrastructure management such as Kubernetes, or even hybrid deployment models in which containers are deployed on bare metal or virtual machines (VMs). In addition, in a cloud-native world, the impetus is on comms service providers to deploy network functions across edge sites while continuing to manage a mix of core and edge sites on horizontal telco cloud platforms based on a common software foundation.

The IDC report, Worldwide Telco Cloud Infrastructure Software (NFVI, VNF, and CNF) Forecast, 2022-2027 (IDC #US50087723), presents the worldwide market forecast for the telco cloud infrastructure software (VNF/CNF and NFVI) for the 2022–2027 period. As part of this forecast, IDC breaks out telco cloud infrastructure software spending across core transport network (CUPS adoption in core and edge routing and BNG), mobile cloud infrastructure (e.g., virtual and cloud RAN, vEPC/5G Core, and vIMS), mobile backhaul, access network virtualization, and virtual CPE. The report also provides a market overview, including drivers and challenges for communications service providers and advice for technology suppliers.

Read the full press release here.


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