Consolidation Likely for the IP Test & Measurement Sector, Report Finds

Dec 16, 2008

The T&M market will likely experience vendor consolidation as a result of spending reductions across the board, says Light Reading's VOIP Services Insider

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A general tightening of carrier spending on test and measurement (T&M) products for IP networks is likely to spur a new round of vendor consolidation over the next 12 months, according to the latest report published by Light Reading's VOIP Services Insider (, a subscription research service from TechWeb's Light Reading (

IP Test & Measurement: The Coming Consolidation identifies and analyzes the factors that will drive vendor consolidation in the IP T&M market in coming months. The 24-page report details new product initiatives from leading vendors and evaluates vendor product and growth strategies. Additionally, the report provides a comparative market position analysis of 16 of the top vendors in the IP T&M sector.

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"Communication providers now are looking even more seriously at ways to maximize their investments and control operational expenditures to deploy, manage, monitor, and control their networks," says Denise Culver, research analyst with Light Reading's VOIP Services Insider and author of the report. "Operators will continue to shift from network-centric operations to service-centric operations made possible by next-generation networks and the power of IP."

As part of the cost-cutting regimen, network operators will most likely narrow the number of suppliers they use for T&M products, which in turn will help drive industry consolidation on the supply side, Culver says. "Many in the IP industry see a desire on carriers' parts to move away from boutique, specialty T&M vendors to those that can provide all-in-one solutions in order to assure better customer service at a cheaper rate," she notes. "This is expected to not only fuel more consolidation in the market, but also continue fueling the trend of savvier solutions that solve multiple problems from one interface."

Other key findings of IP Test & Measurement: The Coming Consolidation include the following:

  • Consolidation in the T&M market is expected to pick up speed over the next year, as service providers really begin to feel the pinch of the economic downturn
  • The emergence of 40-Gbit/s Ethernet is a key trend that T&M vendors are addressing with their newest solutions
  • IT departments will need to focus on improved service assurance, as the economy makes customer retention even more important
  • The increased need for bandwidth among IP and wireless providers is driving an increased demand for QoS metrics

IP Test & Measurement: The Coming Consolidation is available as part of an annual subscription (six issues) to Light Reading's VOIP Services Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900.

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