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Vodafone named a Leader in the 2023 IDC MarketScape for managed SD-WAN/SASE services

16 Jan 2024

Managed SD-WAN services are experiencing strong growth as enterprises view the adoption of a software-defined architecture as an enabler of their network transformation. They’re looking for providers who can support a successful implementation and deliver a roadmap for innovation by incorporating the latest AI technologies and cloud consumption commercial models.

The managed Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) market is evolving towards Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), an integrated architectural framework that spans networking and security. The overall goal of SASE is to offer a cloud consumption model for network and security services under the umbrella of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS).

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed SD-WAN/SASE Services 2023 Vendor Assessment

The IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed SD-WAN/SASE Services 2023 Vendor Assessment (doc #US49437022, November 2023) evaluates 13 worldwide service providers based on their current capabilities and strategies for delivering managed SD-WAN/SASE services. The report gives detailed insights on market adoption, support services, orchestration and client portals, technology, vendors, go to market and branding to help enterprises make more informed decisions on the adoption of managed SD-WAN and SASE services.

We’re glad to announce that Vodafone has been positioned in the Leaders Category in the 2023 IDC MarketScape for Managed SD-WAN/SASE Services.

Let’s see why we were named a Leader.


The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilises a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the icons.

Our SD-WAN and SASE capabilities

We’ve been offering managed SD-WAN services since 2018 for global MNCs, midmarket companies and SMEs in 192 countries across the world. The IDC MarketScape study highlights that we have a diversified multi-vendor SD-WAN and security portfolio while also offering single-vendor and multi-vendor SASE services on a managed or co-managed basis. We can also support an enhanced SD-Internet capability leveraging our extensive cloud connectivity both with our SD-WAN or as a single-site offer for various industry verticals in collaboration with leading providers. We’ve deployed 20 Super POPs to serve our global customers and we expand our coverage by leveraging our partners’ locations on demand. We also provide low-latency connectivity directly to 45 cloud regions from providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

We’re currently focusing on expanding multi-cloud secure access, developing a software-defined underlay with Cisco, Juniper and Ciena, providing high performance connectivity to cloud resources and offering managed and co-managed services under a single pane of glass.

What are our strengths?

  • Global reach combined with a diversified multi-vendor portfolio

  • Simplified adoption of cost-effective and easy-to-operate SASE solutions

  • Enhanced SD-Internet including a single-site solution ideal for smaller enterprises and SMBs

  • Secured multi-cloud networks and low-latency direct cloud connectivity

  • Reduced complexity of consuming cloud resources in a multi-vendor and hybrid environment

  • Direct connectivity to SD-WAN Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)

For more information on our SASE services, please visit our website.

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