APIs and M2M Gold Rush Drive Big Spending in Service Delivery Platform Market

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The global service delivery platform (SDP) market including software and services grew 15% in 2013 to $4.2 billion led by growth in the services segment according to a survey by Infonetics Research. They found that wireless network spending continues to make up the bulk of SDP revenue.

Huawei and Ericsson are the overall SDP revenue market share leaders; broken down by segment, Oracle is top dog in SDP software, while Huawei is #1 in SDP services.

Though smaller players continue to dot the SDP vendor landscape, particularly in the services arena, Infonetics believes that Ericsson, Huawei, and Oracle will dominate for the foreseeable future.

"We're seeing a pronounced difference in SDP spending trends in mature markets versus emerging markets, with operators in more mature markets focusing more on service layer transformation as they migrate to IMS over LTE and on business-to-business and enterprise services, while operators in developing regions continue to chase the consumer opportunity," reports Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research

"Service exposure remains a key investment area in both mature and emerging markets, albeit for different purposes," continues Levine. "Service providers in North America and Western Europe are leveraging network APIs to target opportunities such as M2M (machine-to-machine), while their counterparts in Africa, the Middle East, and developing Asia are implementing API exposure strategies as part of their consumer apps strategies."

Infonetics projects the SDP software and services market to grow at a 9% CAGR from 2013 to 2018, when it is forecast to hit $6.3 billion worldwide, driven by mobile deployments

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