Infonetics: 3G and 4G Self-Organizing Network (SON) Software Market Set to Double in 2013

  Infonetics: 3G and 4G Self-Organizing Network (SON) Software Market Set to
  Double in 2013

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- November 08, 2012

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its
Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and Optimization Software market size and
forecasts report, which tracks 2G and 3G optimization software and 3G and 4G
SON software for the mobile network optimization (MNO) market.


“Sales of 3G and 4G SON software are on track to more than triple worldwide
this year, thanks mainly to AT&T and KDDI carrying out large-scale SON
deployments, while the much larger, older 2G/3G optimization segment continues
to grow in the single-digits, driven by operators seeking to control opex,”
reports Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and
carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

Téral adds: “The combination of the ongoing 2G-to-3G subscriber migration and
the preparation of 3G-to-4G subscriber migration—specifically LTE rollouts
driving SON tools—will fuel growth in the mobile network optimization market
going forward. In North America, 3G networks are still being completed, LTE
networks are being launched, and 2G networks will be shut down by 2021.
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are pushing the EDGE and HSPA+
roadmap hard while modernizing the footprint with multi-standard base
stations. And Asia Pacific is the home of the LTE front runners in Hong Kong,
Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, and of large 2G footprints in China and
India. All of this activity will drive 3G/4G SON and 2G/3G optimization


  *Combined, 3G/4G self-organizing network (SON) software and 2G/3G
    optimization software sales grew 11% last year and are on track to grow
    16% this year
  *Demand for self-organizing networks and optimization software continues
    because the need to remove people from the equation to reduce opex and
    human error has not abated
  *Infonetics expects the SON and optimization software market to grow to
    $4.5 billion by 2016
  *The 4G SON segment is forecast by Infonetics to grow at nearly an 87% CAGR
    from 2011 to 2016


Infonetics’ annual SON and optimization software report provides worldwide and
regional market size, forecasts, analysis, and trends for the mobile network
optimization market, including 2G and 3G optimization software and 3G and 4G
SON software. The report includes a mobile subscriber forecast (2G/3G/4G
subscribers), a specialist vendor snapshot, and SON use cases from the Next
Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.

The report tracks Tier 1 mobile infrastructure vendors with mobile network
optimization tools, including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens
Networks, and ZTE; as well as specialist vendors, including Actix, AIRCOM,
Airhop, Aricent, Arieso, Ascom, Astellia, Axis, Bytemobile, Celtro,
Commsquare, Eden Rock, Infovista, InterDigital, Intucell, Mentum, Newfield
Wireless, P.I.Works, Plano Engineering, Reverb, Schema, Symena, Theta
Networks, TTG International, Tulinx, Ubiquisys, Vector, and Xceed. To buy the
report, contact Infonetics Sales:


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    home network
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    voice persevere
  *‘Ultra smart’ vs. ‘smart enough’ competition to drive down smartphone
  *Voice over LTE gaining momentum
  *Mobile broadband subscribers up 50%
  *Operators not jumping straight into LTE intend to ride the HSPA+ horse as
    far as it will go
  *LTE equipment to hit $17.5 billion in 2016


Download Infonetics’ research brochure, publication calendar, report
highlights, tables of contents, prospectuses and more at

  *2G, 3G, 4G (LTE & WiMAX) Infrastructure & Subscribers Market
  *2G, 3G, 4G (LTE) Services & Subscribers Voice, SMS/MMS & Broadband
  *3G & 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices & Subscribers Market Share/Forecast
  *Service Provider Capex, Revenue & Capex by Equipment Type
  *Service Provider Outsourcing to Vendors
  *SON & Optimization Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Telecommunications Equipment Vendor Leadership Scorecard


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard,, +1

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne,, +1

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic,, +44

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


Infonetics Research ( is an international market research
and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
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Infonetics Research
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
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