Here's Who Made Gartner's 2016 Global Network Services Magic Quadrant


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Visionary: Vodafone

Strengths: Visionary Vodafone has added more POPs over the past year in an effort to expand its network in North and Latin America. The provider presence is the strongest in Europe, Africa, and Asia today. Vodafone touts an impressive global MPLS backbone covering 65 countries, and recently introduced hybrid WANs based on Cisco's IWAN product. The provider also uses its mobile capabilities to offer 3G/4G MPLS access, either as backup access or temporary access, in 13 European countries.

Weaknesses: Vodafone still has light coverage in South America, and its coverage in the U.S. is the lightest compared with U.S.-based providers. The provider is also lacking a global SIP trunk service, but resells services from other providers. Vodafone is also missing SD-WAN, vCPE, SDN or NFV capabilities, but claims it has plans on its road map for some of these services, the report said.




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