Once again Infonetics Research released its global deep packet inspection (DPI) market forecast, which looks at among others, the direction DPI will go through with the advent of Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Shira Levina, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research said that 'the line between DPI platform vendors and suppliers of DPI components will begin to blur', as the DPI functionality begins to decouple from the underlaying hardware and software, creating a shift in the vendor landscape.
Infonetics forecasts the DPI market to grow at a 22% CAGR from 2013 to 2018, with Sandvine leading in terms of market share in the overall DPI market, while Cisco taking a narrow lead in mobile DPI.
Infonetics said that while traffic management and LTE remains the primary driver behind DPI deployments, particularly in markets such as Asia where video traffic is growing exponentially, there is a growing interest in leveraging DPI to support more innovative service plans and content bundles, particularly in markets where net neutrality is an issue. The DPI market is also driven by requirements for network and subscriber analytics.