Infonetics Finds Mobile, APIs Fuel Growth in Service Delivery Platform Spending

The worldwide service delivery platform software and services market is slated to reach $6.3 billion by 2018 – driven mainly by API projects and mobile deployments, according to market research firm Infonetics Research.

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The worldwide service delivery platform software and services market is slated to reach $6.3 billion by 2018 – driven mainly by API projects and mobile deployments, according to market research firm Infonetics Research.

The Infonetics report, 2014 Service Delivery Platform Software and Services, found increase focus on mobile and fixed-line service delivery platform (SDP) software and services. Operators use SDPs to create and deliver services to their subscribers.

“We’re seeing a pronounced difference in SDP spending. . . with operators in more mature markets focusing more on service layer transformation as they migrate to IMS over LTE and on business-to-business and enterprise services,” said Shira Levine, a directing analyst at Infonetics.in a statement, 0

The report also noted the increased use of APIs by service providers across North America and Western Europe. SPs are using “network APIs” to target opportunities such as machine-to-machine projects, the report noted.

Other notable highlights from the Infonetics report include:

  • The global SDP market, including software and services, grew 15% in 2013 to $4.2 billion. That increase was due to the growth in the services segment.
  • Wireless network spending continues to comprise most of the SDP revenue.
  • The overall SDP revenue market share leaders are Huawei and Ericsson. Oracle is first in SDP software, while Huawei is number one in SDP services.
  • Though smaller players continue to emerge, particularly in the services arena, Ericsson, Huawei, and Oracle will dominate for the foreseeable future.

Infonetics’ annual report on SDP software and services forecasts trends for wireless and fixed-line SDP components and services. The report tracks leading vendors, including Accenture, Aepona, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Layer 7, Oracle, among others.

For telecoms, SDPs are usually comprised of a set of components to provide a unified services delivery architecture (such as service creation, session control and protocols), according to Wikipedia.  As such, SDPs often require integration of telecom and IT capabilities and provide They typically provide environments for service creation, service control, orchestration and execution, as well as session control and protocols.

In recent years, providers offering smartphone appstores also leverage SDPs to generate revenue by exposing network assets to developers via APIs, as well as generate added revenue from apps and data, Wikipedia added.




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