How Did We Forecast the WAN Market?


You could have heard that the WAN Market Measurement Report simply acquired a brand-new characteristic—the WAN Market Measurement Report Forecast.

Predicting world, regional, and nation stage knowledge for the following 5 years, this primary version takes the info from the 2021 report and extrapolates it to 2026.

This is how we did it.

Our predictive mannequin used our 2021 WAN Market Measurement framework because the baseline and drew our assumptions ahead 5 years to 2026, based mostly on developments we now have collected since 2018.

The important thing assumptions that influenced the outcomes are:

On this run, we assumed a slight enhance in costs (5% yearly) due to present world inflation. Ought to this not find yourself being the case and costs return to their regular sample of falling every year, we’ll regulate future fashions accordingly. 

It’s also necessary to notice that we assumed sure components will possible keep considerably the identical over the following 5 years, or won’t influence world income: 

  • World website counts for the 5,000 largest corporations
  • Geographic combine: the proportion of websites in every area or nation
  • Backup methods and CoS combine for MPLS
  • Native entry distances: proportion of websites with in every entry distance vary by nation
  • SD-WAN costs: not like community costs, we assumed SD-WAN encrypted throughput pricing shall be flat over the following 5 years

To run the mannequin, we merely took the identical Monte Carlo simulation that we used to assemble the unique 2021 mannequin and ran it individually for every successive 12 months with new assumptions.

World WAN Connectivity Market Shares: 2021-2026

Our mannequin indicated that the worldwide WAN marketplace for the biggest (practically) 5,000 corporations on this planet will develop from $59 billion in 2021 to $85 billion in 2026.

Income from port expenses, SD-WAN, and broadband will develop and entry will go down.

Port expenses within the context of the beneath chart embody all community expenses for MPLS and DIA service. Entry contains native loops related to each MPLS and DIA ports.

World WAN Market Measurement Forecast by Particular Product

As enterprises proceed down the trail of digital transformation and cloud companies grow to be the norm, web connectivity service will very possible proceed to take heart stage within the WAN.

Our survey outcomes, conversations with business gamers from each the purchase and promote sides, benchmarking prospects, and cataloging of service choices all point out that MPLS will diminish as the middle of the WAN and be supplanted by web service.

To date, we now have discovered DIA to be decidedly the most typical alternative for enterprises, as they nonetheless need carrier-grade SLAs and repair reliability.

In fact, this might change if considerably extra fiber-based broadband plans emerge within the subsequent 5 years, however as issues stand, it seems very a lot that DIA will substitute many MPLS ports within the coming years. As such, it’s no shock that DIA and MPLS will swap locations as the important thing income sources in our mannequin for the following 5 years. 

World Income Forecasts for Particular WAN Merchandise: 2021-2026 (USD thousands and thousands)
Copyright_TeleGeography_wmsr_21_forecast_tco_productNotes: Every line represents the median mannequin run for the listed WAN merchandise throughout every year’s
mannequin runs. Costs are in thousands and thousands of US {dollars}. Supply: TeleGeography, © 2022 TeleGeography


Regional WAN Connectivity Market Shares: 2021-2026

Our 2021 WAN Market Measurement Report revealed that East Asia dominated the world market, pushed largely by China. This remained in impact and can really enhance within the forecasted mannequin.

China is a big market the place many enterprises will need to have operations—usually with important bandwidth—regardless of the sky-high costs that outcome from the uncompetitive market.

Recall that our forecast assumes the identical regional and nation distributions of websites for WAN companies for the following 5 years. So, modifications in regional contribution come from both SD-WAN or the relative costs for various merchandise at completely different bandwidths throughout areas.

On this case, it’s obvious that the shift to DIA may have a big influence on costs for China and East Asia, the place DIA service is the next value relative to different geographies.

Regional Whole WAN Market Measurement Distribution Forecast: 2021-2026
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Notes: Desk demonstrates the proportion that every area contributed to the worldwide WAN market
income within the median mannequin run for the listed 12 months. Supply: TeleGeography, © 2022 TeleGeography



  • East Asia will develop from 41% to 46% of the market.
  • The Center East and North Africa will shrink from 9 to six.5%.
  • Most different areas will keep about the identical over the 5 years of mannequin runs. 

Nation WAN Connectivity Market Share: 2021-2026

Many international locations will keep considerably in the identical positions, however develop in income together with the worldwide developments.

To emphasise once more, we didn’t regulate the assumptions about workplace geography between 2021 and 2026 (i.e., we assumed roughly the identical variety of places of work in any given nation throughout all years). The modifications will come from the impacts of product and bandwidth substitutions over these years.

As merchandise swap away from MPLS and towards DIA, the completely different pricing dynamics of these companies, particularly how they’re priced at larger bandwidths, impacts revenues.

Among the many prime ranked international locations, China may have the most important enhance, however that may solely be 3%. 

Prime Ten Nations by WAN Income: 2021-2026
Copyright_TeleGeography_wmsr_21_forecast_top10Notes: Every line represents the overall WAN market measurement for the listed nation throughout the median
mannequin runs for every year. Supply: TeleGeography, © 2022 TeleGeography

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