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Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Mobile Virtualization: Impact on the Mobile Ecosystem

Mobile virtualization is a hot topic in the wireless industry today. However, there is considerable lack of knowledge as to what constitutes mobile virtualization and how and when it will be implemented by mobile operators. Mobile virtualization will also enable new business models for mobile network operators, device OEMs and a new type of MVNO.

There are also potential downsides for the mobile network operators with mobile virtualization – without careful consideration for the business models, the operators could be pushed more into a ‘bit pipe’ role. However, with careful deployment and consideration for the overall impact, mobile virtualization could also allow the mobile network operators, and the vendors that support them, to realize new opportunities.

iGR defines three types of mobile virtualization, which are described in detail in this report:

  • • Mobile application virtualization is when an application is separated from the other apps and services running on the mobile device.
  • • Mobile access virtualization occurs when the mobile device connects to multiple radio access networks (RAN) transparently to the user.
  • • Mobile core virtualization is when the evolved packet core (EPC) is fully virtualized and run in a data center with off-the-shelf hardware.

This report provides an introduction to mobile virtualization, the potential impact on the current mobile ecosystem, profiles of the major virtualization vendors and solution providers, discussion of major threats and opportunities and a forecast of the likely mobile virtualization developments in the next 48 months.

Key Questions Answered

  • What is mobile virtualization?
  • What types of mobile virtualization exist and how do they differ?
  • What is the function of the hypervisor in mobile virtualization?
  • What are the key components required for mobile virtualization?
  • What are the current standards efforts associated with mobile virtualization?
  • What new business models are enabled by mobile application virtualization, mobile access virtualization and mobile core virtualization?
  • What is the potential opportunity for companies such as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Samsung and HTC?
  • What are the opportunities for MVNOs enabled by mobile virtualization?
  • What are the strengths of and opportunities for mobile virtualization?
  • What are the major weaknesses and threats associated with mobile virtualization?
  • What are the potential opportunities for virtualization solution providers such as Citrix, Cellrox, Cisco, Connectem, General Dynamics Broadband, Red Bend Software and VMware?
  • What is the potential impact of mobile virtualization on the mobile infrastructure OEMs such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung, ZTE and Huawei?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile network operators
  • Mobile infrastructure OEMs
  • Device OEMs
  • MVNOs
  • Virtualization software and solution vendors
  • Financial and investment analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • Mobile Virtualization Business Models
    • Key Components of Mobile Virtualization
    • Shared spectrum model
    • Mobile Virtualization Vendors
    • SWOT Analysis
    • Outlook for Mobile Virtualization
  • Methodology
  • What is Mobile Virtualization?
    • Three types of mobile virtualization defined
  • Mobile Virtualization Business Models
    • Mobile application virtualization
    • Mobile access virtualization
    • Mobile core virtualization
  • Mobile Virtualization Standards
    • Mobile application virtualization standards
    • OpenFlow World Congress paper
    • Mobile network virtualization standards
  • Enterprise Virtualization vs. Mobile Virtualization
  • Key components of Mobile Virtualization
    • Hypervisor
    • Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Mobile Virtualization and LTE
    • LTE virtualization and the MVNO
    • Shared spectrum model
  • Impact on current mobile environment
  • Mobile Virtualization Vendors
  • SWOT Analysis: Mobile Virtualization
  • Outlook for Mobile Virtualization
    • Next 12-24 Months
    • 24-48 Months
  • Mobile Virtualization Vendors
    • Cellrox
    • Cicco
    • Citrix
    • Connectem
    • General Dynamics Broadband / Open Kernal Labs (OK Labs)
    • Red Bend Software
    • VMware
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Enterprise Virtualization vs. Mobile Virtualization
  • Table 2: Systems involved with Mobile Virtualization
  • Table 3: Mobile Virtualization Vendors
  • Table 4: Outlook for Mobile Virtualization, 12‐24 Months
  • Table 5: Outlook for Mobile Virtualization, 24-48 Months

List of Charts

  • Figure 1: Mobile apps & data virtualization
  • Figure 2: Mobile Access Virtualization
  • Figure 3: Mobile Access Virtualization with two mobile operators
  • Figure 4: Mobile Core Virtualization
  • Figure 5: Mobile Core Virtualization with a Third Party
  • Figure 6: Mobile Core Virtualization with two mobile operators and a third party
  • Figure 7: Shared Spectrum Pool
  • Figure 8: SWOT Analysis
  • Figure 9: Cellrox ThinVisor Architecture
  • Figure 10: Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution
  • Figure 11: Citrix Receiver and CloudGateway
  • Figure 12: General Dynamics Broadband OKL4 Solution
  • Figure 13: Red Bend Software vDirect Mobile Solution
  • Figure 14: Red Bend Software Management and Analytics Solution
  • Figure 15: Red Bend Software vLogix Mobile Virtualization Solution
  • Figure 16: VMware Horizon Mobile

For additional information on the Mobile Virtualization: Impact on the Mobile Ecosystem market research report, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.