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Virtualization & LTE Will Drive Telecom Changes in 2015, Heavy Reading Finds

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1/30/2015

NEW YORK -- This year is expected to be a year of great market evolution across most telecom sectors, specifically in virtualization and Long Term Evolution (LTE), opening up new roads to profitability, increased revenues and reduced costs, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Insider (www.heavyreading.com/insider), a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).

Hot Market Sectors to Watch in 2015 identifies 10 "hot areas" for 2015, highlights interesting things that happened in 2014, explains why we think the market sector is likely to sizzle this year, how warm the temperature will get and (in chart form) how the sector can be expected to impact on carriers, service providers and vendors. Each section also provides some pointers for specific things to look out for in 2015.

"2014 was in fact a highly creative and disruptive year for telecom," says Danny Dicks, contributing analyst with Heavy Reading Insider and author of the report. "Big changes are being seen in nearly every aspect of the telecom technology supply chain; these changes will continue into 2015, and we expect a year of significant market evolution."

It could be argued that the industry is at a turning point – it has been struggling to find a way forward for some time, with service revenue growth slowing and operating costs rising, Dicks says. "The market might just be on the cusp of finding a set of solutions that will enable communications service providers to plot a profitable path well into the future," he continues. "This coming year may be pivotal in that journey."

Key findings of Hot Market Sectors to Watch in 2015 include the following:

  • 2015 will be a year of significant change for the communications industry - change to revenue streams and ways of working.
  • The big changes seen in nearly every aspect of the telecom technology supply chain will continue into 2015, bringing a year of significant market evolution.
  • Two meta themes drive many hot areas – these are virtualization/cloudification and LTE.
  • New players will increase their presence in some specific telecom sectors in 2015, including data center specialists and device vendors and IT providers.
  • Business models and return on investment for telcos look uncertain in many key areas – even LTE.
  • The industry in 2015 may be on the cusp of finding a set of solutions that will increase revenues and reduce costs, as well as enable a profitable future.

    Hot Market Sectors to Watch in 2015 is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (12 issues) to Heavy Reading Insider, priced at $1,995. Individual reports are available for $595 (single-user license).

    To subscribe, or for more information, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/insider. For more information about other Heavy Reading Insider research services, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/research.

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