There will be a boom in virtualisation of fixed broadband access infrastructure is developing and will sweep through almost all connections over the next decade, passing the 500 billion mark in 2025.
The report added that except for Africa, virtualisation will proceed at a similar pace in all regions with relatively little difference between the telco and rather smaller cable broadband sectors. This reflects virtualisation being universally recognised as essential to contain costs and boost efficiencies in a cutthroat broadband market that has become the lifeblood for both cable cos and telcos.
It said that with voice alone no longer generating much revenue and margins for video squeezed to around 15% in North America and Europe, broadband continues to deliver 60% or more. This is intensifying competition in the broadband space and driving operators towards virtualization to defend those generous margins.
Adjusting to the demand and changing tames, most operators deployed broadband over their existing infrastructure, which was originally developed for TV in the case of cable cos and voice followed by dial-up data for telcos. That infrastructure has evolved to higher speeds through technical advances in terminating equipment and increased penetration of fiber, but is now running out of the road for further improvements and is inhibiting new services for the digital home.
All this provoke the impending virtualisation which is only just beginning or yet to for most operators. The pace will pick up during 2020 and continue to increase over the next five years, running at over 9% of total connections per annum by 2025.
The report said that some developing countries will be among the leaders, with Indonesia on course to virtualise 63% of its connections by 2025, a considerably higher proportion than the USA on 42.8% with a greater encumbrance of legacy.