Mobile data traffic and smartphone signaling continue to experience explosive growth. Thus, operators must continually add capacity to their networks without letting costs spiral out of control. Vendors are then tasked with delivering solutions that offer constantly improving price/performance in terms of sessions, transactions per second, bandwidth, and subscriber capacity. Moreover, LTE-based networks require a new core network architecture, namely EPC. These trends have converged to create a fast growing, dynamic, and highly competitive market.

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Our research reports outline the economics underlying the wireless packet core markets helping vendors, operators, and investors make sound investment decisions and to capitalize on emerging and transitioning markets.

Highly granular quarterly vendor session shipments, revenues, and prices—and market forecasts—are available for the following markets:

Exact Ventures has been issuing quarterly market share reports for the Evolved Packet Core market since 2011 or over 20 reports.

Exact Ventures’s Wireless Packet Core/EPC  5-Year Forecast Report separates each market segment between Physical Network Functions (PNFs) and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs.)

Traditional Packet Core
Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN)
Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN)
Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN)

Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
Mobility Management Entity (MME)
Serving Gateway (SGW)
Packet Data Node (PDN) Gateway (PGW)
Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG)

Metrics tracked include:
Product Revenue (Hardware + Software)
Session or Tunnel Shipments
Session or Tunnel Shipments by Region
Average Selling Price (ASP) per Session or Tunnel

Companies tracked include:
Affirmed Networks
Nokia (including the former ALU)

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