AT&T picked as top managed-SD-WAN provider for the third year

AT&T, Hughes, and Verizon scored first, second, and third in a ranking of managed-SD-WAN service providers by Vertical Systems Group market research.


AT&T, Hughes, and Verizon were selected as the top three SD-WAN providers for the third year in a row in the latest Vertical Systems Group rankings for year-end 2020. Comcast jumped to fourth place.

Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier-managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. Demand was resilient across bandwidth-intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel.

Vertical Systems Group is an independent market research firm focused on network services. Each year it issues its Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard.

The one notable change was Comcast has replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth place, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now in sixth, Windstream remains in fifth and Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh.

A spokesperson for Vertical said the leaderboard is based on the publicly available installed and billed sites from those service providers. So the list is based on installs, not revenue, which Vertical believes is a more accurate measure.

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