A10 Networks has released the latest research report titled “Global Communication Service Providers: Market Growth Fuels Security Investments”.
The initiative is conducted to find out how Communication Service Providers (CSP) react and evolve in response to different client needs alongside the evolution of various technologies. The general opinion of the research lands on most interviewees agreeing on robust network traffic growth leading to increased network security investment, infrastructure expansion, and portfolio diversification.
One of the key areas focused on by CSPs is enlarging service areas to cover the unserved or underserved communities through deploying secured connectivity with 69% of respondents giving the greenlight with half of that number expecting to achieve an uplift of more than 10% of current subscriber base while 19% of them are expecting at more than 50% increase. Additionally, 31% of them coming from multi-nation CSP organizations are looking to build more data centers.
In terms of security, the heavily-focused firewall and appliance upgrades are still some of the most prioritized protection aspects but a portion of respondents are starting or already give attention to other things such as DDoS protection and network monitoring at 27% while ransomware and malware protection services come in at 26% which is the same for automated security policies and simplifying and disparate point solutions.
Talking about cloud computing, as more customers embrace the tech, revenue, and other intangible positive impacts has been noticed by CSPs as well with direct revenue growth being the core factor with the evolution of public cloud and managed data center services alongside improved product relevancy to customers. Only about 16% of respondents replied with negative growth due to cloud shift.
However, it is not always sunshine and rainbows as the transition of the digital infrastructure utilizing IPv6 is still an ongoing challenge as only 30% of respondents are confident to make the full switch in the next 2 to 3 years while the other majority deploys smart and scarce management of IPv4 addresses whilst utilizing IPv6 whenever possible.
The full report can be accessed here for those who are interested.