Worldwide Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Market by Application and Growth Factors


  • Published On : Jul 28, 2014

Enhancements in the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Market 

With snowballing momentum seen in the basic traffic management requirements, and the need to maintain new service offerings, the deep packet inspection market remains dynamic, especially in terms of mobile opportunity. Another factor that has impacted the DPI market is: as LTE subscriptions continue to increase rapidly, there is a strong shift noticed in the way network operators manage their services and infrastructure. 

Smartphones is another factor that encourages diverse level of data usage from their users. Today, most mobile phone users only have one or two applications connected to 3G networks, but running mobile content on a 4G network with multiple applications at the same time takes high capability and performance from smart devices. 

Some of the additional growth factors driving the deep packet inspection market include, increasing number of broadband users, high penetration of high-end, sophisticated devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and the increasing competitive pressure across network operators. Due to these factors, the last few years of the DPI market has witnessed high surge in network traffic.

DPI Market Forecast

In a nutshell, with an exponential rise in the number of subscribers of data services, DPI is gradually gaining popularity to spread network application awareness among the consumers. The effective policy management becomes one of the major demands for carriers, hence throwing an emphasis on the deployment of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). Worldwide service providers and mobile operators are also shifting to deep packet inspection (DPI) option just so as to monetize, as well as control mobile data traffic suitably.

According to a leading market study report, the deep packet inspection market was valued at USD 585.7 million in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 3.8 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 36.6 % from 2012 to 2018. The most active regions in the DPI market are observed in regions like North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Rest of the World.

Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) is a form of computer network packet filtering that prevents the spreading of viruses and examines the data part of a packet at an inspection point. DPI is a technique employed by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). It helps in scanning the data packets passing through the network and searches for viruses, protocol non-compliance, spam, or intrusions to decide whether the packet needs a passing or a routing to another destination. DPI is primarily known a surveillance technology in the internet domain.

DPI Application Outlook 

The recent cyber threats in data processing power have provoked the need for DPI technologies in the U.S. Government agencies. Hence, the DPI technology is in a favorable position to be considered as the first frontier of the cyber defense of the government networks for years to come. It is capable to provide security of IP traffic and collect statistical information at increasing rates that has specific traffic management capabilities. These conditions have led to the growth of the DPI market as well.

DPI is also used to prevent P2P (peer-to-peer) abuse for throttled data transfer. It is used to improve the network performance for most subscribers. Some of the most major applications of deep packet inspection include: 
  • Deeper network traffic forensics to help flow-based analysis
  • Network traffic regulation and control
  • Application-aware network performance monitoring
  • Network security (to identify virus, spams and intrusions)
  • Network-based application recognition
Although traffic management is the primary job of DPI, this technology is also implemented in a wide range of applications such as video optimization, software defined networks (SDN), and new service and pricing models. The security implications of the deep packet inspection market (DPI) are extensive because the technology makes it easier to identify the original recipient of content enclosing the specific packets. Due to this capability, ranting concerns have been created among advocates of online privacy.
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