ABI Research expects optimization as a managed service to account for 10 percent of the total network managed services market by 2017, with the market opportunity estimated at $2.5 billion. “With the shift from voice to data services, the rise of tiered plans, the increasing focus on customer and service level management, and the growing complexity of networks and tools, there is a need for optimization to change with the times,” says Aditya Kaul, practice director/Mobile Networks. “Optimization can be seen to be moving from the network domain into the services management and customer experience domains, with each of those eventually being treated as a part of what is being termed as professional or managed services for mobile operators.” The group also expects larger infrastructure vendors to start providing dedicated monitoring and optimization on an ongoing basis from their Global Network Operations Centers…According to Infonetics Research, the service-provider deep packet inspection (DPI) market is forecast to grow at a 34-percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2016, driven by the increased use of DPI in wireless networks; DPI product revenue is on track to pass the $600 million mark this year alone. In addition, mobile operators are deploying DPI hand-in-hand with LTE for more granular traffic management and to enable value-added services, tiered services and enhanced pricing models. Infonetics expects operators to push DPI deeper into the access network and eventually to the device level via enforcement agents that enable greater network and service control on smartphones, tablets and set-top boxes.