Network as a Service Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Network as a Service Market is segmented by Type (LAN-as-a-Service, WAN-as-a-Service), Industry Vertical (Healthcare, BFSI, Retail and E-commerce, IT and Telecom), Application (Cloud-based Services (vCPE), Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), Integrated Network Security-as-a-Service, Wide Area Network (WAN), Virtual Private Network (VPN)), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Network as a Service Market
Study Period:

2018- 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


33.05 %

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Market Overview

The Global Network-as-a-Service market (henceforth referred to as the market studied) was valued at USD 8.04 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach USD 45.03 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 33.05% during the forecast period of 2021-2026. According to Aruba (HPE), with multiple IT projects having been delayed or postponed owing to the result of COVID-19, companies are planning to invest more in key capabilities for the new created demand by businesses and employees, from cloud and AI-based networking to analytics and assurance. As companies are trying to meet the challenge of supporting much more distributed teams, IT leaders across the globe are expected to adopt newer capabilities such as remote network management via the cloud, AI-based automation, and improved troubleshooting for networks that are facing greater demands than before.

  • The rising adoption and implementation of the cloud for data storage and introduction of Big Data analytics is backing and contributing to the growth of the Network as a Service market. In addition to that, the rapid growth and evolution in IoT technologies also support the growth and development of Network as a Service market.
  • Network as a service offers companies greater flexibility and even performance gains in their network infrastructure. With on-demand purchasing, companies can be more cost-conscious and pay only for the networking services they need. Network as a service (NaaS) can also help companies that want greater flexibility in provisioning without having to rearchitect networks or redo contracts from the ground up.
  • The mounting requirement for subscription (pay per use) business model, vast growth and development in network virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), rising need for global connectivity and intensifying awareness about the economic benefits of (NaaS) are some of the drivers which in turn endowed the growth and evolution of this market.
  • The WAN application segment is projected to hold the principal market size during the forecast period with the wide-spread adoption and acceptance of the WAN solutions across organizations in any industry or business verticals. WAN connectivity can be established to permit users to access private or public gateways based on the customer’s requirements.
  • Enterprise networks are increasingly going under pressure with more and more users, applications, and devices than ever before, primarily relying on the network for seamless connectivity to a wide range of endpoints. Moreover, organizations today are increasingly interested in advanced management tools and new network architectures that can now leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities to create a self-driving or autonomous network. These advancements are also changing the way enterprises rely on the services from their partners and vendors.

Scope of the Report

Network as a Service (NaaS) is the sale of network services from third parties to clients that don’t want to construct their own networking infrastructure. Network as a Service (NaaS) packages networking resources, services, and applications as a product that can be bought for a number of customers or users, usually for a contracted and defined period of time. Type of services such as LAN as a Service and WAN as a Service are considered under the scope of the report.

By Type
By Application (Qualitative Analysis)
Cloud-based Services (vCPE)
Bandwidth on Demand (BoD)
Integrated Network Security-as-a-Service
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
By Industry Vertical
Retail and Ecommerce
IT and Telecom
Transportation and Logistics
Public Sector
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

WAN as a Service is Expected to Hold a Significant market Share

  • The WAN as a Service segment is anticipated to hold a significant market size with the wide-spread adoption of the WAN solutions across organizations in various industry verticals. It provides a communication network through many resources, including mobiles, computers, remote offices, and data centers. WAN connectivity can be established to allow users to access private or public gateways based on the customer’s requirements.
  • SD-WAN, alongside hybrid cloud service, network and application security, are the top priorities for businesses, with SD-WAN, one of the fastest witnessing industry adoptions in the past few years and can meet the requirements of next-generation technologies with a robust network built on agility, flexibility, scalability, security, and compliance and delivering an end-to-end premium customer experience by providing a wide array of branch services at sustainable costs.
  • Service providers are antagonistically and aggressively building out and selling managed WAN offerings nowadays. Working swiftly to stay ahead of emerging “build it yourself” substitutes, providers are carving out their share of the WAN pie. If a service provider is already managing and handling the network, they’re well placed to plan, deploy and maintain an innovative, turnkey WAN solution for businesses as well.
  • Also, according to Cisco, 46% of network devices will be M2M or IoT by 2020, which are vulnerable to attacks. In order to fully realize the potential of these connected devices, the manufacturers are needed to be equipped with WANs that are flexible to meet the network demands anticipated over the future. In such instances, the SD-WAN, which offers manufacturers the visibility of the number of devices connected and alsocustomize individual policies to govern a network’s traffic, therefore, has scope for adoption across manufacturing network environments over the forecast period.
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North America is Expected to Occupy the Largest Market Share

  • Inclining towards the implementation and acceptance of advanced technology, strong research, and development in the telecom industry, the surge in the number of cloud-based services and other factors are driving the Network as a Service (NaaS) market in North America. This region is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period.
  • North America is anticipated to drive the network as a service market due to substantial research and development in technology related to network expansion, and technological maturity of data center and network infrastructure in the region.
  • North America, the support and cradle of technological innovation, remains an indispensable and essential market and home to nearly half of the world's major companies. Furthermore, the huge size and growth of the private and business sectors in the region are likely to boost the market.
  • Moreover, vendors in the region are launching new services in order to stay competitive in the market. For instance, in Mar 2019, Oracle announced Oracle Service Logistics Cloud, the industry’s first, end-to-end solution that connects customer experience, field service, and supply chain operations within a single integrated cloud solution. By combining the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud and Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud, Oracle Service Logistics Cloud will help service-based organizations in seamlessly managing their operations and provide a unified customer experience, while controlling costs.

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Competitive Landscape

The network as a service market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. The market appears to be fragmented with the presence of multiple small and large players. The major players with a prominent share in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging on strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. Some of the major players in the market are AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless Inc., Cisco System Inc., among others.

  • February 2021 - Verizon Business expanded its long-standing strategic partnership with Cisco, with the addition of three new SD WAN managed services offerings. This expansion provides enterprise businesses with an extensive global footprint, access to new solutions and capabilities, as well as an innovative management and policy administration model to support the desired business outcomes.
  • November 2020 - Wipro Limited plans to deliver managed Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) transformation services to Olympus leveraging Cisco technology. As a part of this engagement, Wipro will use its proprietary managed network services solution, #WANFreedom to re-architect Olympus’s WANs and enable support across distributed applications in a hybrid multi-cloud environment. Wipro's managed SD-WAN #WANFreedom services are enabled by Cisco's global Secure SD-WAN Managed Services Partner (MSP) Program.

Recent Developments

  • March 2021 - SDx Networks, a provider of managed service to companies with a global reach, partnered with Masergy to officially launch Australia’s next generation of ICT Managed Service Providers. The collaboration aims to deliver cloud networking in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia-Pacific, and Masergy can expand its global footprint through this partnership, as well as its brand-awareness. Additionally, Masergy integrated its AIOps feature which is set into its SD-WAN solutions to enhance its SASE capabilities. As a result, Masergy AIOps acts as a virtual network engineer, automating the evaluation of network and security performance and making recommendations for optimization.
  • May 2020 - IBM and RedHat launched IBM Telco Network Cloud Manager that runs on Red hat OpenShift to deliver intelligent automation capabilities to orchestrate virtual and container network functions in minutes.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products

    3. 4.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 LAN-as-a-Service

      2. 6.1.2 WAN-as-a-Service

    2. 6.2 By Application (Qualitative Analysis)

      1. 6.2.1 Cloud-based Services (vCPE)

      2. 6.2.2 Bandwidth on Demand (BoD)

      3. 6.2.3 Integrated Network Security-as-a-Service

      4. 6.2.4 Wide Area Network (WAN)

      5. 6.2.5 Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    3. 6.3 By Industry Vertical

      1. 6.3.1 Healthcare

      2. 6.3.2 BFSI

      3. 6.3.3 Retail and Ecommerce

      4. 6.3.4 IT and Telecom

      5. 6.3.5 Manufacturing

      6. 6.3.6 Transportation and Logistics

      7. 6.3.7 Public Sector

    4. 6.4 Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 AT&T Inc.

      2. 7.1.2 Verizon Communications Inc.

      3. 7.1.3 DXC Technology Company

      4. 7.1.4 Synnex Corporation

      5. 7.1.5 Cisco Systems Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 NEC Corporation

      7. 7.1.7 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

      8. 7.1.8 IBM Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 Oracle Corporation

      10. 7.1.10 GTT Communications

      11. 7.1.11 VMware Inc.

      12. 7.1.12 Telstra Corporation Limited

      13. 7.1.13 CenturyLink Inc.

      14. 7.1.14 Meta Networks Ltd.

      15. 7.1.15 Masergy Communications Inc.

      16. 7.1.16 Juniper Networks Inc.

      17. 7.1.17 Nokia Corp. (Alcatel Lucent)

      18. 7.1.18 Akamai Technologies Inc.

      19. 7.1.19 Brocade Communication Systems Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Network as a Service Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Network as a Service Market is growing at a CAGR of 33.05% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • Verizon Wireless Inc.
  • Cisco System Inc.
  • IBM Corp.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Oracle Corporation

Are the major companies operating in Network as a Service Market.

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