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4G, IMS driving the ATCA market: Heavy Reading

Deployments of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) by Tier 1 telecom equipment manufacturers are driving the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) market, which will grow at a 12% CAGR to a total...


July 11, 2013  


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Deployments of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) by Tier 1 telecom equipment manufacturers are driving the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) market, which will grow at a 12% CAGR to a total of US$1.7 billion by 2017, according to a new report from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), the research division of Light Reading (www.lightreading.com).

The report evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 14 systems integrators and 28 component suppliers. It also includes a market forecast for ATCA products through 2017, with a breakdown of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) market share, and presents information on the use of ATCA by 18 telecom equipment providers.

“The ATCA platform and ecosystem present a significant opportunity for telecom equipment providers to manage development costs and reduce time to market,” said Simon Stanley, an analyst with Heavy Reading and author of the report.

“ATCA is an ideal platform for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions. As the market develops, there will be new opportunities for silicon vendors, systems integrators, OEMs and service providers to take advantage of ATCA. As with all paradigm shifts, there will be winners and losers, making this a key market to watch.”

The report states that “40G-ready ATCA chassis have been shipping for several years. 40GE switch blades were delayed by the late delivery of 40GE switch chips but are now shipping from five vendors. The first CPU blades with 40GE interfaces started shipping late in 2012. Telecom equipment providers can deploy new 40GE ATCA platforms and upgrade many existing ATCA platforms to 40GE switching. 100G ATCA fabric switching is now in development, and the first 100G solutions are expected in 2015.”

ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017 costs $3,995 and is published in PDF format. The price includes an enterprise license covering all of the employees at the purchaser’s company.