Mobile networks are evolving in an end-to-end way to address the challenges and opportunities facing the mobile network operators (MNOs). The next 3 to 4 years will witness mobile networks evolve in a way that is more transformational than the shift to IP in mobile networks. In this presentation, ABI Research identifies the key technology trends that impact mobile networks. These trends include: a. Application of virtualization and software-defined networking technologies to mobile networks; b. Evolution of the mobile edge to improve customer quality of experience (QoE) and create monetization opportunities for the operator; c. The growing need for an effective self-organizing network (SON) solution; and d. Leveraging Big Data analytics to employ granular network data to enhance network performance. The hot tech innovative companies covered in this report include Affirmed Networks, AirHop Communications, Athonet, Blue Danube, CellMining, Cellwize, Core Network Dynamics, Mavenir, Mimosa, P.I. Works, PeerApp, Phluido, Saguna Networks, Vasona Networks, and XCellAir.