Network Emulator Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

Global Network Emulator Software Market is Segmented by Component (Hardware, and Software), End-user Vertical (Telecommunication, and Defense), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Network Emulator Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 8.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration High

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Network Emulator Market Analysis

The network emulator market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period (2021-2026). As the pressure to move to cloud services increases, the network becomes a significant factor when transitioning to the cloud, especially when moving large volumes of data to multiple regions. In such a case, network emulator testing helps evaluate how network constraints, such as bandwidth limitations and latency, will impact a massive data transfer without losing data. Thus, rising cloud migration is expected to have a positive outlook on the market.

  • With the increasing usage of smartphones and consoles and cloud penetration, the gaming industry is booming. Thus, to mitigate the impact of variable network conditions on game performance, companies are employing a range of techniques to replicate various user experiences reported in the production environment.
  • As users increasingly request faster response and more complex data from their applications, the networks carrying this data are under higher pressure to meet such expectations Network emulators are necessary to test out applications before rolling it out to the users.
  • Due to the proliferation of 5G, most of the network vendors are releasing network emulators in this domain. For instance, in July 2019 Polaris Networks, a provider of wireless test and measurement products conducted a roadshow cum training workshop with i2i Systems, the Turkey-based system integrator The training program aimed at testing the Polaris NetTest 5G Network Emulator solution's interoperability with the software solution of the Turkish System Integrator.
  • Anritsu Corporation and dSPACE, two companies, dealing with testing and measurement, simulation, and validation, were planning to demonstrate an integration of a 5G network emulator in a hardware in the loop (HIL) system introduce next-generation automotive applications for connected vehicles. The event was supposed to take place at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020, which has been canceled for the year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • However, the shortage of skilled professionals and high costs associated with its installation are few factors that might hamper the market growth during the forecasted period.

Network Emulator Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Network Emulator Market according to our research experts:

Telecommunication Vertical is Expected to Show a Significant Growth Over the Forecast period

  • With the rise in the 4G and 5G age, developing advanced technologies for the LTE systems are driving the growth of the telecommunication vertical in the studied period. A significant turning point in the commercialization of LTE technology was GCF certification. The GCF certified the test cases to be tested by conformance test systems. One condition for the commercialization certification of LTE terminals was that 80% of all the test cases must receive GCF certification.
  • Players present in the market landscape are offering innovative test emulator solutions, which is further boosting the growth of the telecommunication segment. For instance, in August 2019, Keysight Technologies, a leading technology provider, announced that TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited had selected the company’s 5G network emulation solutions to validate its 5G new radio (NR) designs.
  • In October 2019, PRISMA Telecom Testing, which is a significant supplier of innovative performance testing solutions, had showcased the newest developments of its 5G NR emulation systems at Mobile World Congress 2019.
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Asia-Pacific to Witness Fastest Growth

  • Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth for this market owing to the increasing development and deployment of mobile 5G networks and applications that are fuelling new investments in telecom, infrastructure, and innovative applications, such as autonomous vehicles and augmented reality.
  • Thus, new test systems would be required for the development and management of 5G devices, networks, and applications. This would create massive demand for the network emulators.
  • For instance, Chinese based communications satellite producer Galaxy Space plans to launch 144 satellites for the constellation across the next three years by 2023. The firm wants to provide high-speed, low-latency communications services globally, including remote areas.
  • Further, Asia-Pacific is soon becoming the hub for many projects for gaming companies. Recently in February 2020, MX Player launched its in-app gaming feature that hosts nine hyper-casual games that can be played without data or internet access in India. These factors are boosting the growth of this region in the coming years.
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Network Emulator Industry Overview

The network emulator market is moderately concentrated in nature. Companies such as Spirent Communications, Apposite Technologies, and Polaris Networks are the major vendors. Product launches, high expense on research and development, partnerships and acquisitions, etc. are the prime growth strategies adopted by these companies to sustain the intense competition. Few recent developments are:

  • In January 2020, Keysight Technologies, Inc. introduced a 5G channel emulation PROPSIM FS16 which enables chipset and device makers to verify the implementation of MIMO and massive MIMO in any 5G new radio (NR) frequency band. PROPSIM FS16 also allowed users to check the performance of 5G new radio (NR) devices with support for ultra-wide bandwidths in mmWave frequency spectrum, beamforming technology, and multiple-antenna configurations.
  • In October 2019, GL Communications Inc. released its eir 5G Core Network Emulator Suite, which is enhanced to support the N4 interface simulation. The Emulator Suite comprises a MAPS application, which is a multi-protocol and multi-interface simulation test tool.

Network Emulator Market Leaders

  1. Spirent Communications plc

  2. Apposite Technology, Inc.

  3. iTrinegy

  4. Polaris Networks

  5. Keysight Technologies Inc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Network Emulator Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview

    2. 3.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 3.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 3.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 3.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 3.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Advancements and Growth in 5G Testing

    2. 4.2 Market Challenges

      1. 4.2.1 Lack of Skilled Workforce

    3. 4.3 Assessment of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Component

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

    2. 5.2 End-user Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Telecommunication

      2. 5.2.2 Defense

      3. 5.2.3 Other End-user Verticals

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Keysight Technologies Inc

      2. 6.1.2 Spirent Communications Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Viavi Solutions Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Apposite Technology, Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 iTrinegy

      6. 6.1.6 Polaris Networks

      7. 6.1.7 Packetstorm Communications Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Aukua Systems, Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 InterWorking Labs

      10. 6.1.10 GigaNet Systems

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Network Emulator Industry Segmentation

Network emulation appliances are an integral part of proving a solution before deploying because it is used to test the performance of a real network. These devices can also be used for quality assurance, proof of concept, or troubleshooting. Available as hardware or software solutions, a network emulator allows network architects, engineers, and developers to accurately gauge an application's responsiveness, throughput, and quality of end-user experience before applying making changes or additions to a system. In the report scope, the existing technology provider landscape also covered, which consists of major players operating in the market. The study also focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the market ecosystem.

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Network Emulator Market Research FAQs

The Network Emulator Market is projected to register a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Spirent Communications plc, Apposite Technology, Inc., iTrinegy, Polaris Networks and Keysight Technologies Inc are the major companies operating in the Network Emulator Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Network Emulator Market.

The report covers the Network Emulator Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Network Emulator Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Statistics for the 2024 Network Emulator market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Network Emulator analysis includes a market forecast outlook 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Network Emulator Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)