Status : Published Published On : Apr, 2024 Report Code : VRICT5117 Industry : ICT & Media Available Format : Page : 210

Global Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market – Analysis and Forecast (2025-2030)

Industry Insight by Component (SDN Infrastructure, Software, and Services (Managed Services and Professional Services)), by Organization Size (Large Enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises), by SDN Types (Open SDN, SDN Via Overlay, and SDN Via API), by End User (Retail, Telecom and IT, Education, Manufacturing, BFSI, Government & Defense, Healthcare, and Others), and Geography (U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, China, Japan, India, and Rest of the World)

Industry Overview

The global Web Real-Time Communication market is expected to reach USD 128 billion from USD 6 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of about 41.9% during the forecast period 2025-2030.

WebRTC or Web Real-Time Communication market implies the technologies and industries related to real-time communication over the web using standardized APIs and web protocols. The technology helps in improving video, audio, and data communication without additional software or plugin installation. The technology has become popular across a wide array of industries and allows diverse applications, such as video conferencing, voice calling, live streaming, peer-to-peer file sharing, and more.

Over the years, the WebRTC market has grown significantly due to the rise in demand for effective communication solutions by large and small enterprises as well as easier access and availability of broadband internet. It helps in improving employee engagement strategies and real-time communication. They are now widely employed in a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, banking, and government as it offers flexibility and is highly scalable.Nevertheless, SDN provide several advantages which include agility, robustness, cost & time efficient, flexible network infrastructure, robust innovative, and ease-in-network congestion. Social media sites also contribute to the growth of this market significantly since WebRTC allows smoother communication exchanges.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Highlights

SDN is an architectural approach that separates the control plane and data plane in networking devices, allowing for centralized control and programmability of network infrastructure through software-based controllers. The SDN market has been experiencing significant growth in recent years due to its ability to address the challenges and limitations of traditional networking architectures.

Industry Trends

According to the product, the WebRTC market is divided into services and solutions. The services segment is expected to grow at a faster rate during the forecast period due to the outsourcing of WebRTC services by different enterprises to reliable third parties. This sector is further divided into consulting, implementation, and integration services.

As for the solution segment, it is further subdivided into video calling & conferencing, voice calling & conferencing, messaging & file sharing, and more. Out of all these categories, the video calling and conferencing category is expected to grow faster than the others during the forecast period. This is because it helps large enterprises to conduct remote meetings and manage their operations more effectively.

Organizations that had deployed software defined networking earlier were able to quickly adjust to the new traffic patterns and network requirements that resulted from work-from-home mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations were able to cope with the ongoing pandemic while maintaining profitable operations because of software defined networking.

Market Segmentation

Insight by Component

  • SDN Infrastructure
  • Software
  • Services
    • Managed Services
    • Professional Services

Among these three segments, SDN Infrastructure component is likely to drive market expansion and will contribute the largest share during the analysis period. Its ability to manage and orchestrate flow control among various network parts and applications is credited with the market's growth, thereby propelling the growth of the Software Defined Networking Market.

Professional services are expected to have the fastest growth during the forecast period owing to the increased deployment and integration of solutions across organizations, telecom service providers, and cloud service providers. Furthermore, the spike in demand for low-cost, high-efficiency services to cut operational costs has aided the professional services market's expansion.

Insight by Organization Size

  • Large Enterprises
  • Small and Medium Enterprises

Among the two segments, the large enterprises category is anticipated to contribute the largest share during the forecast period as firms in the large enterprise’s category are continually putting up new virtual machines and apps to fulfill processing requests owing to the increased demand to accommodate Big Data. Large enterprise IT teams may now change network configurations without disrupting the network owing to the advent of software defined networking.

Insight by SDN Types

  • Open SDN
  • SDN Via Overlay
  • SDN Via API

SDN Via Overlay segment is anticipated to have the fastest growth during the projected period. Overlaying an SDN network or network component on top of existing infrastructure creates a conceptually independent network or network component. By splitting bandwidth into channels and dedicating each channel to a specific device or service, the overlay optimizes network resources.

Insight by End User

  • Retail
  • Telecom And IT
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • BFSI
  • Government & Defense
  • Healthcare
  • Others

The telecom service providers' active efforts to overcome the traditional network's difficulties and increasing development of Open Source SDN are creating a slew of new opportunities for the software defined networking sector. Telecom service providers have been on the lookout for innovative technologies that are the result of the open source community's and industry's combined efforts. They've been putting Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), OpenStack/KFV ecosystem, Open Network Operating System (ONOS), and OpenDaylight technologies to the test. These efforts promote the use of next-generation networking technologies such as SDN to improve the efficiency, flexibility, scalability, and programmability of telecom networks.

Global Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market Report Coverage

Report Metric


Historical Period

2018 - 2023

Base Year Considered


Forecast Period

2025 - 2030

Market Size in 2023

U.S.D.  14.5 Billion

Revenue Forecast in 2030

U.S.D.  36.5 Billion

Growth Rate


Segments Covered in the Report

By Component, By Organisation Size, By SDN Types, and By End User

Report Scope

Market Trends, Drivers, and Restraints; Revenue Estimation and Forecast; Segmentation Analysis; Impact of COVID-19; Companies’ Strategic Developments; Market Share Analysis of Key Players; Company Profiling

Regions Covered in the Report

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Rest of the World

Industry Dynamics

The technology facilitates realistic and real-time communication and easy monitoring. This helps in extracting valuable information despite the challenges posed by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The adoption of this technology helps businesses to enhance their productivity and communication to offer a unified user experience. This makes the WebRTC industry more dynamic and offers significant growth potential.

Growth Drivers

Surge in Demand for Enterprise Mobility will Drive Growth in Software Developed Networking market

The most important factors for the growth of the WebRTC market include the growing demand for real-time communication with better web solutions both from large and small enterprises. This helps them to stay competitive and maintain their global presence due to collaboration and mobility.

Another significant factor is the rise in remote work, which needs a reliable and efficient communication tool. WebRTC offers such convenience in communication through team collaboration, video conferencing, and virtual meeting support.

The need for efficient cloud-based services to improve communication infrastructure is another factor for the growth of the WebRTC market since it allows scaling communications without needing to invest in expensive hardware and equipment.

The development of mobile apps has also been significant due to WebRTC, fueling its market expansion and allowing better performance in video calling, messaging, and more. It has also helped the IoT domain significantly by facilitating remote monitoring, device-to-device communication, and control.

Finally, developments in WebRTC technology and standardization of its security, performance, and interoperability through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and other organizations have also contributed to the growth of the WebRTC market.


Lack of Standards for Full Device Control may Stymie Market Expansion for SDN Industry

The most significant factors that influence the growth of the SDN market are an increase in the number of mobile devices, higher server virtualization, and a growing need to consolidate data centers.

Moreover, major players and vendors in this industry will invest more in software-defined networking and network function virtualization. This will help manage the growing internet traffic. This, along with the rising demand for enterprise mobility will drive the growth further.

The ability of this architecture to simplify network management, monitoring, configuring, higher security and access control, ability to complement cloud computing needs for efficient workload placement and management, higher investment in automating network infrastructure by CSPs, and a notable reduction of OPEX and CAPEX are some other growth drivers of the SDN market.


Advent of Cloud Computing Technologies will Create Promising Opportunities

Web real-time communication applications facilitate enterprise mobility and create more opportunities across the globe. It helps organizations work more efficiently and offers flexibility to remote working. The use of internet connectivity and smartphones allows workers to work efficiently and organizations to enforce better employee engagement strategies.

Today, more opportunities are created due to the increased adoption and use of smart devices to interact conveniently among business enterprises. This technology has eliminated distractions from the equation and therefore has become the most favored medium for both organizations and employees in terms of interaction.

Factors such as increasing network complexity, growing adoption of cloud computing, rising demand for network virtualization, and the need for improved network performance and agility are driving the market expansion.

Geographic Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

North America is the largest contributor to the WebRTC market. This is mainly due to its higher adoption and implementation of the latest technologies. In addition, higher penetration of internet-based services, and the initiatives of the major players in the industry to promote better real-time communication influences the growth in this region. All these reduce the cost of operation and increase the efficiency and business functioning, two important factors for growth in this region.

The Asia-Pacific region is also expected to witness higher and faster growth in the forecast period due to growing opportunities, and increased adoption of advanced technologies.

Competitive Insight

The industry players are capitalising on market expansion by developing novel solutions and launching new products in the global SDN market. Users can get advanced technology for better and faster data processing and storage from providers who specialise in software defined networking technology. the prominent industry players are working on  the research and development process, which aids them in making the system more efficient and accessible.Thus, key companies in the SDN market are developing cutting-edge technologies and pursuing mergers and acquisitions, which are assisting them in gaining a competitive advantage. Local firms, on the other hand, have been shown to rely on new technology to generate cost savings, hence strengthening market competition to some level.

Ericsson Cloud SDN is a software-defined networking solution for virtual and physical workloads in a telecom cloud that delivers seamless intra-datacenter communication.  It's a one-of-a-kind combination for industrialized multi-protocol and customizable OpenDaylight platform along with advanced routing capabilities. As part of NFVI solution, it delivers network automation services to VNF workloads.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is being used by Intel IT to provide on-demand deployment of networks and network services. Intel can better support internal customers—Intel application developers—who work in a fast-paced agile development environment by virtualizing the network through a programmable interface. These clients must be able to use network resources without having to deal with a delay caused by network configuration and provisioning.  SDN can help get more business value out of virtual machines (VMs) in their data centres, as well as provide the following advantages:

  • Decrease in network provisioning time
  • Improved network management efficiency in a self-service environment.
  • Decrease in Service Costs via network management efficiency

Recent Development by Key Players

Nokia stated that it has been chosen as the only provider of software defined network manager and controller (SDN-M&C) services for Vodafone's multi-access fixed network technology. Both companies are performing proof-of-concept trials in Europe as part of the collaboration. Vodafone and Nokia plan to roll out the technology more widely later this year, based on the positive results of these testing.

With 143 million marketable Next Generation Network (NGN) broadband homes, Vodafone is one of Europe's leading fixed access providers. The SDN management and control functionalities will be used to simplify, automate, visualize, optimize, and enhance Vodafone's broadband networks, as well as support the company's network-as-a-platform (NaaP) and other customisable services plan.

Ericsson and Telefónica Germany / O2 have attained a significant milestone to deploy and control software defined networking (SDN) for microwave networks.   In the O2 network, Ericsson enabled its MINI-LINK microwave product line, allowing the communication service provider (CSP) to establish a vendor-agnostic SDN interface.

Key Players Covered in the Report

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Nokia Corporation, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Dell Inc., PICA8, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, NEC Corporation, and Big Switch Networks, Inc. are some of the major competitors in the SDN market.

Recent Development by Key Players

The US chip giant has implemented software-defined networking in its semiconductor manufacturing plants, moving the tech beyond the data center and into a vertical seeking to benefit from zero-downtime machine connectivity. Software-defined networking (SDN) technologies have been limited to use in data centers and not manufacturing floors until now.

Pertamina NRE And Huawei collaborated to advance renewable energy and smart grid in Indonesia. This partnership focuses on advancing innovation and technology in smart grid, distributed generation, and digitalization.

The Software Defined Networking Market research includes a comprehensive market segmentation analysis as well as projections for the analysis period 2025-2030.

Segments Covered in the Report

  • By Component
    • SDN Infrastructure
    • Software
    • Services
      • Managed Services
      • Professional Services
  • By Organization Size
    • Large Enterprises
    • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • By SDN Types
    • Open SDN
    • SDN Via Overlay
    • SDN Via API
  • By End-User
    • Retail
    • Telecom And IT
    • Education
    • Manufacturing
    • BFSI
    • Government & Defense
    • Healthcare
    • Others

Region Covered in the Report

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
    • Brazil
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • U.A.E.
    • Other Countries

Software Defined Networking Market Size

Source: VynZ Research

Software Defined Networking Market Analysis

Source: VynZ Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Globally industry players are leveraging market growth through the development of innovative solutions in SDN market across the globe and by launching new products.
The increasing demand for better technologies and the increasing deployment of data centers are the key factors that attribute towards the growth of the SDN market across the globe.
Some of the major players in the global Software Developed Networking industry include Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Nokia Corporation, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Dell Inc., PICA8, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, NEC Corporation, and Big Switch Networks, Inc.
The SDN market on the basis of components is categorized into hardware, software and services.
Based upon organization size, the SDN market across the globe is segmented into large, and small and medium enterprises.

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