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Rajesh Ghai
Research Director, Carrier Network Infrastructure at IDC


Rajesh Ghai is Research Director for IDC's Carrier Network Infrastructure research program and is part of IDC's broader Network Infrastructure research practice. In this role he serves as IDC’s expert on carrier networks, and the ongoing transition among communications service providers to build cloud-native/next-gen network infrastructure solutions on their path toward becoming digital service providers. Key research themes include Telco Cloud, 5G and the Multi-access Edge Cloud (MEC).

Mr. Ghai's research focuses on technologies associated with efforts underway within Carriers to make their edge, core, and transport infrastructure more agile, efficient, and flexible to provide new value-added services and to enable 5G use cases. He examines the adoption of network virtualization and software technologies such SDN and NFV, and more recently the rapid emergence of SD-WAN and vCPE solutions and related use cases. He also provides insight into Network infrastructure migration strategies of service providers, including SDN/NFV use cases, strategies, and solutions, including the adoption of open source platforms and protocols.

In collaboration with other IDC research teams, Rajesh contributes to the publishing of domain-specific market analysis/insights, surveys, white papers, quarterly trackers, and end-user research. He also assists clients with custom consulting and research, including user surveys and buyer case studies. Through his work he is ultimately responsible for identifying and analyzing vendor strategies, emerging technology and market/customer trends affecting telecom and carrier IP network buyers worldwide.