Analysis of the service provider switching and routing network equipment market with a five-year forecast and vendor market shares, segmented regionally by product category (core IP/MPLS, edge IP/MPLS), and virtual router applications.
The Analyst Team
Sameer Ashfaq Malik
Senior Principal Analyst
Sameer joined Omdia in March 2021. His expertise includes 5G and transport, carrier network E2E solution design, enterprise strategy, IoT smart city, AI-based network orchestrations and automation, and SDN. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, including leadership positions at Huawei, ZTE, and Etisalat.
Most recently, Sameer was responsible for ICT network solutions business development at Huawei for the APAC region. His projects included engaging with carrier planning, strategy, and C-suite groups. He authored many articles and contributed to the ITUT 2016 state broadband report publication. Sameer has established carrier relationships around the globe. In 2019, he received the Huawei Service Provider Employee Ambassador award at company level and was the subject of a short documentary. In 2020, he was recognized as Distinguished Technical Talent by the Australian government. His family recently took up residency in Australia, where they are based in Sydney.
Senior Analyst, Access Networks
Esther is Omdia’s Senior Analyst for transport networks, including router, switching, and optical technologies. She has more than 12 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, covering network operations, market and industry analysis, and business strategy in service provider and network equipment vendor environment.
Esther joined Omdia in December 2016. Prior to joining Omdia, she worked as a business consultant, providing strategic consulting on fixed network services to the service providers in the Asia Pacific performing market, opportunity sizing to support corporate decision-making, and recommendations on the go-to-market strategy for new product and new market segments.
Esther holds a Bachelor of Engineering in telecommunication engineering from Multimedia University, Malaysia, and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, Australia.
Principal Analyst, Optical Networks R&S Data
As a Principal Analyst on Omdia’s network infrastructure team, Tanya specializes in optical networking, service provider switching and routing, broadband access (PON, DSL, and Cable), and optical components market share. She works on Omdia's market data reports and publishes multiple quarterlies in her coverage areas.
Prior to joining Omdia, formerly Ovum, Tanya was a senior forecasting analyst and manager of pricing analysis at Corning Incorporated’s photonics and fiber divisions. In 2004, Tanya began work as a telecom industry analyst with RHK, which later formed a part of Ovum.
Tanya holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.
Practice Leader, Transport Networks & Components
Ian is the Practice Leader for Omdia’s components, transport and routing practice and is responsible for strategy, client, product, and team development. Managing a team of communications technology professionals, he covers how communications service providers, internet content providers, and enterprises utilize and deploy leading-edge optical networks, components, and routing technologies.
Ian covers the data center interconnect, optical components, and optical networks systems markets. He also conducts custom research and consulting for clients. His team tracks market share for terrestrial and subsea optical networks, mobile xHaul, optical components, and service provider switching and routing vendors, and their latest research initiative is sorting how optical and routed networks will evolve for 5G. Ian is the 2019 winner of the NGON & DCI World People’s Choice Award and is a regular speaker at industry events. Ian received his MBA from Queen's University at Kingston in Canada and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba.
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