Executive Summary

In our latest groundbreaking benchmarking study to identify the movers and losers in telco innovation, ABI Research has concluded that Asian telcos are leaders in innovation followed by U.S. Tier Ones: AT&T and Verizon.
European telcos are perceived as laggards in the innovation game -- with DT, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone distant followers of China Mobile, NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI that are even ramping up their efforts to foster innovation.
ABI has assessed patent portfolios, standards contributions, open source involvement, acquisitions, investments and R&D spend to accurately benchmark innovation efforts for a list of Top 20 operators worldwide.
In this Executive Summary, discover how leading global telcos are moving their efforts toward next-generation networks and, most important, toward 5G and enterprise verticals.