SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

December 01, 2009 11:38 ET

Infonetics Research: Carrier VoIP equipment holds steady at $595M in 3Q09; IMS market on track for growth

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter (3Q09) Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers and IMS Equipment and Subscribers market share and forecast reports.


"The service provider next gen voice equipment market continues to hold steady, with worldwide revenue in the third quarter roughly matching that of the second quarter. This stability is a very good sign for the industry, which has seen a tumultuous year. We are still expecting about a 30% drop in worldwide revenue for the overall 2009 year compared to 2008," predicts Diane Myers, directing analyst for service provider VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

"On the heels of an incredibly strong second quarter, IMS equipment sales were down in the third quarter, but the decline was a result of the market returning to normal levels after the unexpected spike. Despite the drop, it was a very solid quarter for IMS equipment, which is tracking right in line with subscriber growth and new deployments. We expect the worldwide IMS equipment market to more than double in 2009, and to grow to $1.6 billion by 2013," Myers added.


-- Worldwide revenue for the core IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) equipment
   market, including HSS, CSCF, BGCF, and MRF equipment, declined 39%
   sequentially in 3Q09
-- IMS equipment is experiencing strong and healthy growth, with near-term
   growth a reflection of continued adoption of VoIP services worldwide
   and service providers' migration of VoIP services to IMS networks
-- Key operators in Asia Pacific, such as NTT DoCoMo, Softbank, SK Telecom,
   and KT, continue to push on enhanced mobile services over their IMS
   networks, including mobile IM, video sharing, and PoC (push to talk
   over cellular)
-- While Ericsson has long led the IMS market in overall number of network
   deployments, it is coming under serious competition from Huawei, Nokia
   Siemens Networks, and Alcatel-Lucent
   -- In 3Q09, Huawei inched out Ericsson in worldwide CSCF revenue


--  Worldwide service provider voice over IP equipment revenue totaled
    $595 million in 3Q09, a slight decline from the previous quarter
--  The global economic downturn is accelerating service provider
    migration to native IP, leaving behind TDM-related equipment and taking a
    toll on traditional trunk media gateways and softswitches
--  Worldwide session border controller (SBC) revenue inched up half a
    percent from 2Q09 to 3Q09, to $38.7 million
--  Class 4 softswitches rebounded with a 58% sequential increase in 3Q09,
    but it wasn't enough to offset a 27% Class 5 softswitch decline
--  For the second quarter in a row, trunk media gateways offered a bright
    spot in the market: worldwide revenue up 14% sequentially in 3Q09
--  Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent posted strong double-digit percent increases
    in their media gateway revenue in 3Q09
--  Nokia Siemens Networks posted 100% growth in softswitch sales in 3Q09


Infonetics' quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, select market share, forecasts through 2013, and analysis of mobile and fixed-line IMS subscribers and equipment, including IMS core equipment (home subscriber servers [HSS], call session control function [CSCF] servers, media resource function [MRF]), border gateway control function (BGCF), and IMS voice application servers (VAS). The report tracks revenue, licenses, sessions, and DS0s. Market share for CSCF servers is provided for Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, and others.

The IMS report includes an IMS Deployment Tracker that notes carrier deployments by region, country, service provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, BT, COLT, France Telecom, KPN, Swisscom, O2, China Mobile, China Telecom, Chunghwa Telecom, Brasil Telecom, SK Telecom, SoftBank, NTT DoCoMo, and others) and vendor (Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Blueslice, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Huawei, Italtel, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Samsung, Sonus, and Starent).

Infonetics' quarterly service provider VoIP report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2013, and analysis for VoIP subscribers and media processing and call control carrier VoIP equipment, including high-, mid-, and low-density trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, and voice application servers. The report tracks Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Ditech, Cisco, Comverse (NetCentrex), Ericsson, Gallery IP Telephony, GENBAND, Huawei, Iperia, Italtel, MERA, MetaSwitch, Movius, NextPoint, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Personeta, RadiSys Convedia, Sonus, Sylantro, Tekelec, Thomson Cirpack, Ubiquity, UTStarcom, Veraz, Verso, Xener, and others.


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-- VoIP services bring in $21 billion for service providers in 1H09; strong demand continues

-- Residential voice, video and data services to hit $300 billion by 2013

-- IMS operator survey shows Huawei gaining and a shift toward video and mobile services

-- VAS and Softswitch Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey

-- SBC Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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