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Japan Vendor's Multi-Network Service Strategy Analysis 2014

Japan Vendor's Multi-Network Service Strategy Analysis 2014

This study takes note of the changes that are, in the multi-network era, occurring along two axes of competition — that of competition among telecommunications carriers and that of competition among telecommunications infrastructure vendors — and offers analyses of specific strategic trends among these providers and vendors, as well as of the future outlook for the market. In the multi-network era, competition among vendors is now aggregating along four axes: bolstering lineups of communications access options and diversifying combinations of these options; increasing communications performance and optimizing the user experience; delivering telecommunications infrastructure that is optimized for the use of services (applications); and providing a global, seamless telecommunications environment.

IDC Japan Communications Research Analyst Yuta Torisu argues that, in the multi-network era, "some of the initiatives that will be crucial include designing networks to flexibly accommodate the diversifying array and combinations of types of telecommunications access that are the result of the rapid growth of IoT; establishing revenue-sharing models by sharing QoE-related information with OTT vendors as APIs; further bolstering network-to-cloud linkage features, such as for managing and visualizing ICT resources; and creating border-less network platforms in Japan and throughout the world."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Purpose of This Study
Survey Methods
Executive Summary
Situation Overview
A Redefinition of Network Value in the Multi-Network Era
1. Axis of Competition: Network Variety & Combination
2. Axis of Competition: Network Performance & Experience
3. Axis of Competition: Service Centric & Optimization
4. Axis of Competition: Global Expansion and Seamless
An Analysis of Trends among Providers along the Four Axes of Competition
Provider Trends: Network Variety & Combination
An Interesting Time for Observers of Competition over FMC Bundling
Competition over Access Plans among Diversifying Broadcast Providers
Practice of Customer-Acquisition Strategies by Access-Related Providers
Competition over MVNO Access Services and Its Reverberations in the Internet of Things
Provider Trends: Network Performance & Experience
Shortening of the Upgrade Cycle for Mobile Transmission Speeds
Trend among Telecommunications Carriers toward Rationalization of Infrastructure Spending Versus Return on Investment (ROI)
Acceleration of Efforts to Improve Communications Quality among Carriers
Competitive Development among Telecommunications Infrastructure Vendors to Improve User Experience
Provider Trends: Service Centric & Optimization
Acceleration of the Fusing of Private-Network Services and Major Cloud Services
Signs of Progress in Deploying SDN for Datacenter Networks as a Result of the Rise of Cloud Services
Attempts to Make Datacenter Networks More Application-Centric
Better Links between WiFi Infrastructure and Cloud Services
Provider Trends: Global Expansion & Seamless
The Appearance of Seamless Mobile Communications Services that Span National Borders
Growth of Competition over Providing Global WANs to Japan Companies
Attempts toward Integrated Operations of Global Networks
Beginning of Real Competition over Global Coverage for IoT Networks
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Figure: Four New Axes of Competition in the Multi-Network Era
Figure: Trends among Providers along the Four Axes of Competition for Multi-Network Services
Figure: Unit Shipments of Cell Phones/Smartphones in Japan over Time by Communication Technology, First Half of 2004–First Half of 2014

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