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August 10, 2006

ABI: Investment in Service Delivery Platforms To Grow Over Next Five Years

Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Associate Editor


Market intelligence from ABI Research reveals that over the next five years, mobile network operators will invest $4 billion in SDP (service delivery platform). The result proves reduction of operating expenses and new revenue from offering IP-based services.
 
According to ABI Research officials, this is a time of change for telecom networks as they shift towards SOA (service-oriented architecture) while applying IT systems on open standards.
 
“This brings with it all the advantages of a vast range of new data services, beginning with click-to-dial but rapidly moving to rich voice sessions, all under the control of next generation service delivery platforms," said Ian Cox, ABI Research analyst in a statement.
 
"Progress is also being made on integrating network and Web-based services and developing secure and reliable charging solutions for complex user sessions. But additional work is needed to formalize the relationship between IMS, service delivery platforms and session border controllers," Cox added.
 
ABI states that service delivery platforms offer users new services, such as VoIP over SIP-enabled networks, while for vendors, service delivery platforms allow “specialist firms to develop applications and equipment independently of each other, secure in the knowledge that they will work together and can be deployed by any service provider.”
 
ABI Research
 

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