Report: Carrier VoIP, IMS Down in 2011 But Strong Five-Year Growth Forecast Remains

Sales of carrier VoIP and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) equipment closed out 2011 strong, according to excerpts from Infonetics Research's 4Q 2011 "Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers" vendor market share forecast and report.

"The carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market surged in the final quarter of 2011, as it often does at the end of the year, but the more important measure is the year-over-year comparison, and from that vantage point the market is down 2% in 2011 from 2010 as legacy trunk media gateway and softswitch sales drag on the overall market," explained Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

The report's highlights include:

  • Global sales of telecom service provider voice over IP (VoIP) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) equipment jumped 15.8% in 4Q11 over 3Q11, to $690 million
  • For the full year, the overall carrier VoIP and IMS market ended down 2.1% in 2011 over 2010, to $2.6 billion
  • After four years of annual declines, Infonetics forecasts the global carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market will reverse course and grow to $3.8 billion by 2016, led by IMS sales
  • Growth in the overall market is being fueled by IMS network deployments as large service providers like AT&T, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom and NTT undergo network transformation projects; cable operators such as Comcast migrate to new networks; and wireless operators such as Verizon Wireless launch IMS for their LTE networks
  • Vendors posting notable growth in the VoIP and IMS market in 2011 include Huawei, GENBAND, Alcatel-Lucent, and Acme Packet
  • Huawei ends the 2011 year on top of the overall carrier VoIP and IMS market, just ahead of GENBAND
  • Infonetics forecasts the number of global IMS-based subscribers to grow from 177 million in 2011 to 610 million in 2016.

The data illustrates a trend that impacts CHR Solutions clients. The pending growth forecast in VoIP and IMS platforms suggests carriers will implement more IP and IMS technology in their networks, primarily to gain more efficiency. As our clients continue to upgrade their networks, CHR will support their adoption of these important technology trends.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 12:00
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