New iGR Study Discusses Mobile Virtualization and Its Impact on the Current Mobile Ecosystem

New iGR Study Discusses Mobile Virtualization and Its Impact on the Current 
Mobile Ecosystem 
Mobile Virtualization Will Enable New Business Models for Mobile
Network Operators 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/22/13 --  Mobile virtualization is a
hot topic in the wireless industry today. However, there is
considerable lack of knowledge as to what constitutes mobile
virtualization and how and when it will be implemented by mobile
operators. Mobile virtualization will also enable new business models
for mobile network operators, device OEMs and a new type of MVNO. 
There are, however, potential downsides for the mobile network
operators with mobile virtualization -- without careful consideration
for the business models, the operators could be pushed more into a
'bit pipe' role. However, with careful deployment and consideration
for the overall impact, mobile virtualization could also allow the
mobile network operators, and the vendors that support them, to
realize new opportunities. 
iGR defines three types of mobile virtualization, which are described
in detail in this report: 

--  Mobile application virtualization is when an application is separated
    from the other apps and services running on the mobile device.
--  Mobile access virtualization occurs when the mobile device connects to
    multiple radio access networks (RAN) transparently to the user.
--  Mobile core virtualization is when the evolved packet core (EPC) is
    fully virtualized and run in a data center with off-the-shelf

"Mobile virtualization is a complex issue and the full implications can
be difficult to understand," said Iain Gillott, president and founder
of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and
mobile industry. "We have identified multiple business models that
may be supported by the three types of virtualization, but given that
the mobile virtualization industry is in its infancy, it is likely
that other business models will emerge over the next few years." 
iGR's new market research report, "Mobile Virtualization: Impact on
the Mobile Ecosystem," provides an introduction to mobile
virtualization, the potential impact on the current mobile ecosystem,
profiles of the major virtualization vendors and solution providers,
discussion of major threats and opportunities, and a forecast of the
likely mobile virtualization developments in the next 48 months. 
The following key questions are addressed in the new research study: 

--  What is mobile virtualization?
--  What types of mobile virtualization exist and how do they differ?
--  What is the function of the hypervisor in mobile virtualization?
--  What are the key components required for mobile virtualization?
--  What are the current standards efforts associated with mobile
--  What new business models are enabled by mobile application
    virtualization, mobile access virtualization and mobile core
--  What is the potential opportunity for companies such as Apple, Amazon,
    Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Samsung and HTC?
--  What are the opportunities for MVNOs enabled by mobile virtualization?
--  What are the strengths of and opportunities for mobile virtualization?
--  What are the major weaknesses and threats associated with mobile
--  What are the potential opportunities for virtualization solution
    providers such as Citrix, Cellrox, Cisco, Connectem, General Dynamics
    Broadband, Red Bend Software and VMware?
--  What is the potential impact of mobile virtualization on the mobile
    infrastructure OEMs such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia
    Siemens Networks, Samsung, ZTE and Huawei?

The information in this report will be valuable for: 

--  Mobile network operators
--  Mobile infrastructure OEMs
--  Device OEMs
--  MVNOs
--  Virtualization software and solution vendors
--  Financial analysts and investors.

The new report can be purchased and downloaded directly from iGR's
website at Alternatively, contact Iain Gillott at
(512) 263-5682 or at for additional details. 
About iGR
 iGR is a market strategy consultancy focused on the
wireless and mobile communications industry. Founded by Iain Gillott,
one of the wireless industry's leading analysts, in late 2000 as
iGillottResearch, iGR is now entering its thirteenth year of
operation. iGR continuously researches emerging and existent
technologies, technology industries, and consumer markets. We use our
detailed research to offer a range of services to help companies
improve their position in the marketplace, clearly define their
future direction, and ultimately improve their bottom line. 
iGR researches a range of wireless and mobile products and
technologies, including: smartphones; tablets; mobile applications;
bandwidth demand and use; small cell architectures; DAS; LTE; VoLTE;
IMS; NFC; GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSPA; CDMA 1x/EV-DO; iDEN; SIP; macro-, pico-and femtocells; mobile backhaul; WiFi and WiFi offload; and SIM and
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Contact iGR
Iain Gillott
(512) 263-5682 
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