New iGR Study Concludes That Mobile Virtualization Will Permeates the Entire Mobile Operator Infrastructure From the

New iGR Study Concludes That Mobile Virtualization Will Permeates the Entire 
Mobile Operator Infrastructure From the Smartphone/Tablet to
the eNodeB, Network Server, SON, LTE Backbone and the EPC 
Few Companies Currently Offer Mobile Virtualization Solutions, but
iGR Expects More Companies to Enter This Market as the Opportunity
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 --  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. 
Based on new research, iGR believes that the period of time from 2014
to 2016 will see mobile virtualization beginning to mature in the
marketplace. Early adopters of mobile virtualization will experience
a number of challenges because mobile virtualization is much more
than simply adding a new hypervisor to a device. Mobile
virtualization permeates the entire mobile operator infrastructure
from the smartphone/tablet to the eNodeB, network server, SON, LTE
backbone and the EPC. 
"Mobile virtualization appears to be the current Holy Grail for the
wireless and mobile i
ndustry," said Iain Gillott, president and
founder of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless
and mobile industry. "iGR believes that finding, developing and
deploying effective mobile virtualization solutions will be a
challenge like none other that will take at least two to four years
to become a reality." 
Given that the current standard for mobile virtualization is in its
infancy, mobile operators will initially have to rely on a number of
hardware and software vendors, which could cause great confusion.
Many of these firms will have interim solutions because of the
immature state of the mobile virtualization standards. 
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

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
A mor
e complete profile of the company can be found at 
Contact iGR
Iain Gillott
(512) 263-5682 
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