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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Sept. 1, 2017 – According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) market rebounded nearly 30 percent quarter-over-quarter. The EPC market was relatively flat year-over-year in 2Q17 contrasting to a sharp drop in 1Q17 as virtualization takes hold with Service Providers preparing for 5G deployments.

“The upward rebound for the EPC market in 2Q17 was significant as Service Providers embrace the advantages of virtualization that has been promoted by the industry,” said Dave Bolan, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “Virtual EPC (vEPC) is the beginning of a replacement cycle for Evolved Packet Core as the industry begins the migration to 5G. We forecast positive year-over-year growth going forward,” Bolan added.

Dell’Oro Group noted more Service Providers are upgrading their networks to LTE Advanced Pro, Gigabit LTE, and LTE Internet of Things. Upgraded LTE networks with vEPC can provide network slicing and lower latency to facilitate new revenue producing services required for 5G. Virtualization enables Service Providers the ability to cost-effectively reconfigure their networks and add new services virtually on-demand with software going forward.

The top five vendors (Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE — listed in alpha order) all benefitted in the upturn of the EPC market in 2Q17. These five vendors accounted for nearly 90 percent of the market.

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The Dell’Oro Group Wireless Packet Core Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices and sessions shipped for Traditional Packet Core equipment (GGSN, SGSN, PDSN) and Evolved Packet Core equipment (MME and PGW/SGW).  To purchase this report, contact Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


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