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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – 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, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) takes flight for Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with 142% year-to-year growth rate in 1Q18.  Ericsson ranked as the number one vendor.

“NFV has been promoted for many years now and it appears 5G is the impetus to get the market moving for wireless service providers,” according to David Bolan, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “NFV Cloud-Native architecture is required by 5G for the core to deliver micro-services and mobile edge computing for low-latency services. Leading edge service providers are preparing their EPCs for 5G, especially since the 5G non-standalone networks will rely on them.”

Top Five NFV EPC Manufacturers in 1Q18 Accounted for 93% of the Market

Rank Manufacturers
1 Ericsson
2 Huawei
3 Nokia
4 Cisco


Additional highlights from the 1Q18 Wireless Packet Core Quarterly Report:

  • Cloud-native NFV for EPC represented 19% of the revenues and is expected to accelerate to 37% in 1Q19, representing a 150% Y/Y growth rate.
  • U.S. service providers are fueling the initial growth and China, Korea, Japan, Scandinavia, and the Middle East service providers will escalate deployments in the near-term future.

About the Report

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 Daisy Kwok at +1.650.622.9400 x227 or email

About Dell’Oro Group

Dell’Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT markets.  Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.  For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit