ABI Research Report: Telco Innovation Benchmark

Executive Summary

ABI Research has attempted to measure telco innovation and benchmark leading global telcos in their efforts toward next-generation networks and, most important, toward 5G and enterprise verticals. To quantify telco technology and business innovation, ABI Research has assessed several metrics: patent portfolios, 3GPP contributions, open source involvement, R&D spend, and acquisitions and investments. This report follows a similar ABI Research report Mobile Ecosystem Leaders and Laggards in the Post-Smartphone Era: An Analysis of Patents, R&D, and Collaborative Activities (AN-2512) that aimed to benchmark incumbents and new entrants in the mobile smartphone arena.

Overall, telcos appear to be complacent about technology innovation and often delegate this task to their suppliers, mainly the Tier One infrastructure vendors that can afford massive R&D budgets. However, a lack of technology innovation may bring great challenges including:

  • Reliance on a select number of vendors for technology innovation, which could potentially reduce visibility on potential market disruption.
  • Potential disruption from web-scale companies that are far more innovative at both the technology and business model levels.
  • Potential disruption by their own suppliers mainly in green eld markets, including industrial telcos. This environment will require a deep understanding of the market landscape and will be the new competitive environment for 5G.


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