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ETSI provides members with an open and inclusive environment to support the timely development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services across all sectors of industry and society.We are at the forefront of emerging technologies. We address the technical issues which will drive the economy of the future and improve life for the next generation.We are a not-for-profit body with more than 800 member organizations worldwide, drawn from 66 countries and five continents. Members comprise a diversified pool of large and small private companies, research entities, academia, government and public organizations.

ETSI is one of only three bodies officially recognized by the EU as a European Standards Organization (ESO).


An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF has introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service standards, LSO frameworks, LSO APIs, MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Showcases, and certification programs for services, technologies, and professionals. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks.



The NGMN Alliance was founded by leading international network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations.

The NGMN Alliance will drive and guide the development of all future mobile broadband technology enhancements with a focus on 5G. The targets of these activities are supported by the strong and well-established partnership of worldwide leading operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organisations.

TM Forum is an association of over 850 member companies that generate a combined US$2 trillion in revenue and serve five billion customers across 180 countries. We drive collaboration and collective problem-solving to maximize the business success of communication and digital service providers and their ecosystem of suppliers. We support our members, as they navigate their unique digital transformation journeys, by providing practical and proven assets and tools to accelerate execution, and by creating digital and physical platforms that facilitate collaborative problem solving and innovation. Learn more at

Research Partners:

ABI Research provides strategic guidance for visionaries needing market foresight on the most compelling transformative technologies, which reshape workforces, identify holes in a market, create new business models and drive new revenue streams. ABI’s own research visionaries take stances early on those technologies, publishing groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms. ABI analysts deliver their conclusions and recommendations in easily and quickly absorbed formats to ensure proper context. For more information visit

Please see recent report Artificial Intelligence Platforms for Telco Networks.

Analysys Mason is a global consultancy and research firm specialising in telecoms, media and technology for more than 30 years.  Since 1985, Analysys Mason’s consulting and analyst teams have played an influential role in key industry milestones and helping clients around the world through major shifts in the market.

Our consulting and research divisions continue to be at the forefront of developments in digital services and transformation are advising clients on new business strategies to address disruptive technologies.

Our experts located in offices around the world provide local perspective on global issues. Learn more at:

Dedicated to the telecom industry, Appledore Research helps its clients navigate rapid change in technology, service innovation and operational practices to positively transform and grow their businesses.  We think differently, challenge the status quo and identify the best ways to move forward.  We want you to succeed.

Appledore Research provides you with a unique blend of sector-specific market research reports, strategic advice and marketing support services, either as a part of a subscription package or as individual purchases.  We’re flexible.

As you’d expect, key focus areas for Appledore’s comprehensive research work include Cloud Management, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN), 5G, AI and analytics technologies, service innovation and best operational practice.

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For our coverage of Network Automation, see our Network Automation Software market forecast 2020 to 2025


AvidThink is an independent research firm providing cutting-edge insights into the latest in infrastructure technologies. Formerly’s research arm, AvidThink spun out in 2018 to provide advisory and analysis services to a wide-range of clients including Fortune 500 technology companies, up-and-coming tech unicorns and innovative early-stage startups. AvidThink has been quoted by and featured on major publications including WSJ, FierceTelecom, FierceWireless, The New Stack and Light Reading. Research areas include 5G, Edge and Cloud, Network Automation, IoT, SD-WAN/SASE, SDN, NFV, and Infrastructure Security. AvidThink is at

Recent reports from AvidThink include: 2021 Telco Infrastructure

STL Partners helps telcos and their partners innovate, grow and stay ahead of the competition.

We work globally to provide actionable insights and practical guidance on emerging challenges and opportunities. Our focus on innovation and identifying new sources of growth can help you stay ahead of the competition, provide benefits to your customers and deliver sustainable revenue growth.

Our client success stories tell us that to succeed, telecoms operators need to adapt and evolve their business model.

You can access our specialised research either through subscription (paid) or as highlights only (free). You can also talk to our expert analysts about industry bench marking, strategy development and all issues concerning network, customer and product challenges.

Training Partner:

Wray Castle launched in 1958 as a training provider for the radio and maritime communications industries. We operate internationally across a wide range of industries — everything from mobile and fixed network operators to telecoms regulators, the defence sector, energy suppliers, transport, emergency services and government agencies. Our learning programmes are designed to upskill staff, support cutting-edge service rollouts, and deliver powerful insights into the technologies.

Our expertise covers a range of network technologies including 5G, LTE, IP, Radio Engineering, Network Virtualisation and PMR . Programmes cover important technology components and actionable solutions for the whole value chain, from use cases and market drivers to network deployment and optimisation.

Media Partners

Mobile Europe & European Communications is the leading B2B title for the telecoms industry, exploring operators’​ technology strategies and providing CTOs and their teams with news, analysis and opinion about the latest developments in the sector.

Its coverage spans LTE, 5G, the Internet of Things, fibre broadband, digital transformation, network virtualisation and infrastructure, and many other key technologies affecting the transforming telco space.

Across a quarterly magazine, website, social media presence and events, Mobile Europe & European Communications provides a comprehensive guide to what’s happening in the industry and where its future lies.

We are 100 percent independent and editorially led so we can guarantee impartial analysis of the key announcements and trends in the wireless space.

Mobile Europe has been established for over 20 years. The magazine is distributed four times a year to a controlled circulation of 4,890 (BPA June 2018) audited decision-makers. We are able to offer thought-provoking content through numerous innovative channels, providing readers and advertisers with a unique mix to meet their marketing needs.


TelcoProfessionals is an interactive, content rich, blog- and video-centric online community and business exchange developed exclusively for the Telecom industry.

The Mobile Network (TMN) is a multi-channel resource for professionals working across the mobile network, analysing the technology and the business of wireless networks around the globe. TMN covers companies across the network value chain; explaining how the technology and services they provide fit into the mobile network and providing a network-wide context for mobile technology announcements and developments.


The Global Voice of Telecoms IT

Now in its 20th Year of Publication, the global communications industry relies on VanillaPlus as its go-to resource for answers on digital transformation. VanillaPlus brings you exclusive Feature Articles, the unrivalled Contract Hot List, Expert Commentary and Videos, C-level Interviews from around the world, plus Insights & Opinions from CEOs, CTOs, and CIOs.

VanillaPlus talks daily to Senior Executives within Communications & Digital Service Providers. We learn from Operations, Planning, Engineering, Finance, IT, Marketing, Sales, and Procurement – and so do our Readers.

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