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

Gina Narcisi

Challenger: T-Systems

Strengths: Joining Level 3 in the Challenger quadrant is T-Systems. The provider is heavily focused on the Central European markets, where it has a strong MPLS network. The provider has a strong portfolio of managed LAN and WLAN services, and offers a standardized hybrid IP WAN product that includes 3G and 4G cellular access. T-Systems recently enhanced its hybrid IP-WAN offering with cloud-based VPN capability from Akamai, as well as support for Cisco's IWAN product.

Weaknesses: T-Systems has not expanded its global network presence outside of Europe. The provider depends on NNI partnerships to cover emerging markets. T-Systems also has no immediate plans to develop its own SDN, NFV, vCPE or SIP trunk services outside of Central Europe. Instead, SIP trunking requirements are handled by reselling SIP services from other providers.

The report disclosed that T-Systems didn't respond to requests for information from Gartner Research.

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