Network impairment emulator is a technique used for testing the performance of real time applications over the virtual network. Network emulators are different from network simulation, where mathematical model of network, traffic, channel are utilized. Additionally, network emulators are used to verify strength of the network or application and used by many service providers, manufacturers, and application developers. The main features of the network emulators are routing, modifiers, impairments, and filtering. These network emulators offer environment, which is used for performance and security testing and ensure the safety of networks and devices including mobile, wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and wide area network (WAN).The network impairment emulator aids organizations in network design, troubleshoot, optimize network performance, and test application performance.

Factors Driving Growth of Network Impairment Emulator Market

The increasing adoption of internet-connected devices by various industry verticals is the major factor that is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Network emulators are used for testing various IoT platforms in real-time and are also used to measure the bandwidth, latency, and packet loss on the IoT performance, and predict the response of IoT platform on any network such as wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), wide area network (WAN), or satellites. The technological advancements in the internet of things (IoT) is expected to drive growth of the network impairment emulator market. For instance, according to the Coherent Market Insights analysis report, the total installed internet of things (IoT) connected devices is estimated to grow to around 76 billion by 2025, as compared to the 15.2 billion in 2015. Moreover, due to the introduction of strong network and high-speed internet services, the demand for smart connected technologies including machine-to-machine communication devices, autonomous vehicles, and various internet-connected devices are increasing. Thus, the majority of applications operate efficiently by using wireless connectivity. Furthermore, advancements in network technology has boosted the performance of the network, which is expected to drive demand for network impairment emulators over the forecast period. For instance, in 2019, Itrinegy, a leader in network impairment emulators launched NE-ONE Flex, additional line of network emulators. The NE-ONE Flex eliminates installation, configuration, and maintenance costs of traditional hardware and software solutions.

Moreover, the telecommunication segment is also expected to drive market growth over the forecast period. This is due to rising number of connected devices, coupled with rising demand for higher bandwidth. The network emulators are cloud-driven and cloud supported, which further drives demand for network impairment emulators.

However, the major restraints for network impairment emulator market growth include extended research and development requirements for networking technologies and price sensitivity of the network testing and emulators. These factors are expected to hamper the growth of the network impairment emulator market over the forecast period.

Regional Analysis of Network Impairment Emulator Market

On the basis of region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. Among regions, North America is expected to hold largest market share in 2018, owing to the presence of key players such as Apposite Technologies, Polaris Networks, and PacketStorm Communications, Inc., and others in the region. Growth in this region is attributed to technology advancements in the network technology, organizations and government in the region, and the trend of adoption of network technology in various verticals, which results in holding leading position in the market.

Moreover, Asia Pacific is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing adoption of internet of things (IoT) by various verticals in the region. In addition, increasing machine to machine connections drives demand for strong networks, which in turn is expected to drive growth of the network impairment emulator market in the region over the forecast period.

Key Players in Network Impairment Emulator Market

Key players operating in the global network impairment emulator market include Apposite Technologies, Aukua Systems Inc., Calnex Solutions Limited, GigaNet Systems Inc., InterWorking Labs, Inc., Itrinegy, Keysight Technologies, PACKETSTORM COMMUNICATIONS, INC., Polaris Networks, SCALABLE Network Technologies, Inc., Park Place Technologies, Spirent Communications, TETCOS, Valid8.com Inc., and W2BI INCORPORATED.

Segmentation of the network impairment emulator market

Global network impairment emulator market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and region.

On the basis of type, the network impairment emulator market is segmented into:

  • Cloud
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
  • Others

On the basis of application, the network impairment emulator market is segmented into:

  • Telecommunication
  • Government and Defense
  • BFSI
  • Others

On the basis of region, the network impairment emulator market is segmented into:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Africa
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