IDC projects growth for net testing

According to a recent IDC report, revenues earned by network testing and measurement solutions providers will grow to US$6.7 billion in 2008.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  November 22, 2004

According to a recent IDC report, revenues earned by network testing and measurement solutions providers will grow to US$6.7 billion in 2008. This figure will represent an 11% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2003 to 2008, according to the report titled ‘Uncovering weak links in the communications network chain’. “Finding and eliminating weak links in communications networks remains a serious challenge for communications engineers,” says Elisabeth Rainge, programme director, Next-Gen OSS, Billing and Network Management at IDC. “Over the course of the network lifecycle, test equipment actually reduces the total cost of ownership for communications equipment and minimises the cost of operating the equipment and related service,” she adds. The report claims that in the aftermath of the telecommunications market collapse, equipment, software, and service providers are rededicated to test and measurement solutions that are designed to ensure the availability and reliability of the entire network life cycle. The report also states that new technologies and innovative services are increasing demand for network testing and measurement solutions. The report concludes that the opportunities for network test and measurement vendors are expanding with the evolution of next-generation wireless networks. IDC claims that those vendors with broad wireless strategies will be best positioned to gain market share. IDC says the most compelling tests remain user-centric, such as drive test or response time but that handset testing is becoming increasingly important as well. It also points to a blurring of lines between traditional handsets and consumer electronics devices, which has created an even larger pool of opportunity.

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