AT&T, Hughes & Verizon Hold Top Spots on U.S. Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services LEADERBOARD

April 24, 2020

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

SD-WAN Expo 2020 offered industry leaders the opportunity to step on stage and show some swagger. From SASE and MEF (News - Alert), to managed services, the SD-WAN space shows no sign of slowing down. SD-WAN is proving vital in the work from home environment, so for companies still working toward digital transformation. 

Vertical Systems unveiled the U.S. Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services LEADERBOARD with the top three providers holding position. AT&T, Hughes and Verizon (News - Alert) lead the pack with CenturyLink pushing its way into 4th. The Challenge Tier includes Fusion, GTT, Masergy, Meriplex and TPx.

Notable provider movement on the LEADERBOARD include Windstream (News - Alert) falling from fourth to fifth, Comcast climbing to seventh and Fusion downshifted to the Challenge tier. Others experiencing a fip include Sprint and Bigleaf moving from the Challenge Tier into the Market Player Tier.

Vertical Systems notes that VMware by VeloCloud, Cisco vEdge (Viptela), Cisco (News - Alert) Meraki MX, Fortinet and Versa SD-WAN solutions power a number of those on the LEADERBOARD and Challenge Tiers. Of the solutions discussed in the report, Comcast (News - Alert) is the only provider on the U.S. LEADERBOARD with MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services certification, and of the providers supporting the managed services leaders, Versa is the MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology certified.

Overall billable installations in the United States jump 89% in 2019, with large businesses and enterprise leading the way. 

“The U.S. managed SD-WAN market expanded rapidly in 2019 as backlogged orders from the prior year were fulfilled by key service providers,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “While the duration and depth of the coronavirus economic collapse is unknown, we expect resiliency across bandwidth intensive VPN markets, but acute vulnerability for the SD-WAN networks supporting the retail and travel verticals.”

The network is the lifeline of operations, and as the remote workforce it is vital to ensure the appropriate components and technology partner to put your organization in a position for success.

What’s in your WAN?

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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