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Network Emulators Market Outlook (2023 to 2033)

The network emulators market size is expected to reach US$ 192.33 million in 2023 and is expected to rise to US$ 598 million by 2033. The sales of network emulators are projected to expand at a significant CAGR of 12% during the forecast period. Network emulators, also called WAN emulators, are used to test network performance. The tools can be used to certify quality, demonstrate a concept, or troubleshoot problems.

Organizations are increasingly using network emulators to test their networks in a controlled environment. Cloud-based applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have made network emulators ideal for testing applications and networks in a secure and cost-effective manner. Emulators can provide a variety of benefits, from allowing rapid experimentation to testing applications and services without disrupting live operations. They can also simulate specific scenarios that might not be available in the real world.

Global network emulators have several positive attributes, including:

  • Providing a controlled environment for simulating the behavior of real-world networks and their components
  • Using virtual components instead of physical hardware helps businesses save money
  • Setting up and configuring complex network topologies in a quick and easy manner
  • The seamless integration of the solution with existing network infrastructures is of utmost importance
  • Replication and analysis of traffic patterns, latency, and bandwidth utilization can be performed
  • Multi-protocol support, and the ability to accurately simulate packet loss and other network anomalies in practice
  • Explicitly testing the performance of mobile networks and wireless networks through the simulation of their components

The IT market is becoming increasingly popular with network emulators. In addition to reducing the amount of time needed for testing and deployment, this technology makes it easier for companies to control their networks and applications. Since enterprises are migrating to cloud-based infrastructure to improve the quality of service and network performance, some are adopting network emulators.

Network emulators offer several advantages, such as flexibility, scalability, cost savings, and improved accuracy in network simulations. Additionally, they offer insight into how new services or products will impact customer experience. By preparing for possible market issues before launching their products, organizations can avoid potential problems in the future.

Cyber-attacks and network emulators have increased in frequency around the world. Testing network emulators and validating network performance prior to deployment is essential to minimizing downtime. Telecom service providers are investing in network emulators to enhance their products to handle high volumes of traffic and outages, along with the demands for 5G network services.

For instance, the RedCap application is a new type of 5G that is designed to handle middle-tier use cases with limited capabilities. A realistic RedCap network will be demonstrated with Keysight's IoT security solution and 5G network emulator.

As IoT and big data have emerged and grown in popularity, the number of connected devices has soared. A variety of software and hardware tools was developed to support the development of network emulators in the market. In 2003, Boeing Research and Technology's Network Technology department developed the Common Open Research Emulator or CORE. The USA Department of Defense, Naval Research Laboratory supports the further development of CORE as a research project.

With the proliferation of smartphones and internet-connected devices, existing networks are unable to handle the high volume of traffic and complex networks that result in a growing number of internet-connected devices. As networks are used to run various applications over networks, it's essential that industry sectors test their effectiveness over networks.

Data Points Key Statistics
Estimated Base Year Value (2022) US$ 175 million
Expected Market Value (2023) US$ 192.33 million
Anticipated Forecast Value (2033) US$ 598 million
Projected Growth Rate (2023 to 2033) 12% CAGR

Network emulation is a technique for testing the performance of real applications over a virtual network. Network emulators create Software-Defined Test Networks (SDTNs) which mimic real-world network environments where network traffic can be run through and allowing customers to accurately emulate user experiences on networked applications.

Network emulator is a highly flexible solution for both network emulation and network simulation allowing customers to build a wide network in seconds through a multi-user, multi-port environment. The need to emulate the complex network deployments and create complex network conditions in the lab for testing and troubleshooting networks is increasing the demand for network emulators market.

The emulator provides versatile networking capabilities for setting up complex modeling and testing environments for the Android app. Network emulator that can helps network engineers for test and measure performance in order to identify and remove defects.

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Increasing Adoption of Network Emulators amid the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has created disruption in many industries, including the network emulators market. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted manageable disruption in network and equipment supply chains which has led to growing requirement of implementing the network emulators for telecom network operators.

However, network security has emerged to be a major concern, as cybercriminals are targeting remote workforce with spear-phishing emails, account hijacking, and other attacks, over the wireless network infrastructure. Network emulators market is estimated to grow by 1.2X from 2019-2020 and would see a surge in demand amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as remote working becomes the new norm.

Network Emulators Market: Drivers and Challenges


The demand for network emulators is increasing for replicating real-world network conditions in a controlled lab environment, and also optimizing network performance, such factors are driving the growth of the network emulators market during the forecast period. Network emulators provide a solution for organizations to troubleshoot, design networks, test application performance and to validate performance before risking business in real-world scenarios.

The network emulators also used for real-time performance measurements of production-ready prototype technologies in a laboratory abstraction of real-world networks. The reliability of such a feature drives the network emulator market growth.


High cost of network emulator devices and poor networking infrastructure are some of the factors hampering the network emulator market growth. Furthermore, the rising data security and privacy issue are also restraining the growth of the network emulators market.

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Network Emulators Market: Competition Landscape

Some of the prominent players providing network emulators are -

  • Apposite Technology, Inc.
  • Calnex Solutions Ltd.
  • InterWorking Labs, Inc.
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Polaris Networks
  • Inc., among others.

Network Emulators Market: Regional overview

Among the regions, the global network emulators market is anticipated to be led by the North America region and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast years due to the early adoption of a strong network and high-speed internet services.

East Asia in the global network emulators market is witnessing high growth followed by Europe during the forecast period owing to increased adoption in different sectors such as telecom and retail, in this region. The network emulator market report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, and inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain.

The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators, and governing factors, along with market attractiveness as per segment. The network emulators market report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

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The report covers exhaustive analysis on

  • Network Emulators Market Segments
  • Network Emulators Market Dynamics
  • Network Emulators Market Size
  • Supply & Demand
  • Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
  • Competition & Companies Involved in the Network Emulators Market
  • Technology Landscape
  • Value Chain of the Network Emulators Market
  • Network Emulators Market Drivers and Restraints

Regional analysis includes

  • North America (USA, Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, & Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, France, BENELUX, & Russia)
  • East Asia (China, South Korea, and Japan)
  • South Asia & Pacific (India, ASEAN, and Australia & New Zealand)
  • Middle East and Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey & South Africa)

Network Emulators Market: Segmentation

The network emulators market has been segmented on the basis of component, application, industry, and region.

On the Basis of Component:

  • Network Emulator Devices
  • Software
  • Services

On the Basis of Application:

  • SD-WAN
  • Cloud
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Others

On the Basis of Industry:

  • IT & Telecommunication
  • Retail
  • Government & Defense
  • Others



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