Week in research: SDP adoption rises; Ga. seniors apprehensive about broadband

SDP market rises: According to a new Infonetics Research report, the service delivery platform (SDP) software and services segment is forecast to be a $5.16 billion market by 2015. "While operators' interest in application programming interface (API) exposure continues to be a major contributor to SDP investments, we're seeing those strategies becoming increasingly sophisticated," said Shira Levine, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for next gen OSS and policy. "Operators are recognizing the opportunities associated with delivering enterprise services to specific verticals, such as healthcare, retail, and machine-to-machine (M2M), and are exploring how they can combine their own network-based enablers with enterprise APIs to support these highly targeted services." Release

Infonetics SDP spending 2011

Microwave transmission transceivers boom: A new Dell'Oro Group report revealed that the number of point-to-point microwave radio transceiver shipments grew 30 percent year-over-year in Q2 2011, and is projected to reach 1.6 million shipments for the full year. Much of the growth in the microwave sector was seen in Europe, a market where sales have increased 58 percent year-over-year. Release

Seniors unsure about broadband: Despite wide availability, Georgia's seniors remain apprehensive about broadband. Driven by aggressive deployments by major service providers, including AT&T (NYSE: T) U-verse and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), broadband access is available to about 94 percent of all residents in Georgia. However, only 65 percent of residents actually use it because a number of older residents don't see its utility or don't understand how to use it. Article

Cloud services expands: If you're looking for a market where cloud services are being rapidly adopted, look no further than the healthcare market. By 2015, In-Stat forecast that the healthcare segment will spend $518 million on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in 2015. Overall telecom spending by healthcare and social services was just under $16 billion in 2010 with wireless comprising about 40 percent of the vertical's telecom spending figures. Wireline data and wireline voice comprise the remainder of the telecom spend. Release