SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

May 24, 2010 18:14 ET

Infonetics Research: China buoys carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market in 1Q10

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2010) -  Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its first quarter (1Q10) Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers and IMS Equipment and Subscribers market share and forecast reports.

"China stole the show in the carrier VoIP and IMS markets in the first quarter of 2010. In a typically down quarter globally, Chinese service provider activity was strong enough in 1Q10 to drive carrier VoIP manufacturer revenue in Asia Pacific up 16% from the previous quarter, and Asia Pacific's share of worldwide IMS equipment revenue up 20 percentage points," notes Diane Myers, directing analyst for service provider VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.


  • The worldwide IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) equipment market, including IMS core equipment and IMS application servers, continues its pattern of extreme fluctuations quarter to quarter

  • From 2010 to 2014, Infonetics Research forecasts service providers will spend a cumulative $4.4 billion on IMS equipment over the 5 year period

  • Overall, the IMS equipment market is experiencing strong and healthy growth, driven by:

    • Continued adoption of VoIP services worldwide

    • The migration of VoIP services to IMS networks by service providers

    • Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments, starting in 2012 and ramping in 2014

    • Enhanced mobile service deployments, such as mobile instant messaging (IM), video sharing, push to talk (POC), and Rich Communications Suite (RCS)

  • While Ericsson continues to have the most commercial deployments of IMS networks, they remain under serious competition from Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks

  • In 1Q10, 64% of all IMS core equipment sold was for fixed-line networks, 44% for mobile networks


  • After 3 consecutive quarters of growth, the carrier VoIP market posted traditional declines in the first quarter of 2010, down 12.6% from the previous quarter, to $538 million

  • Year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter declines are improving for all segments in the carrier VoIP equipment market, with the overall 1Q09 to 1Q10 decline at just 0.5%

  • Year-over-year, session border controller (SBC) revenue is up 24%, driven in large part by Acme Packet

  • Media servers were the bright spot of the market in 1Q10, with worldwide revenue up 9%

  • Coming off a tough year, the service provider next gen voice market continues to see consolidation, with GENBAND's acquisition of Nortel's CVAS unit expected to close in 2Q10, Radisys acquiring Pactolus, and Dialogic merging with Veraz Networks


Infonetics' quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts through 2014, and analysis of mobile and fixed-line IMS subscribers and equipment. Equipment tracked includes IMS voice and IM/presence application servers and IMS core equipment, including home subscriber servers (HSS), call session control function (CSCF) servers, media resource function (MRF), and breakout gateway control function (BGCF). The report includes an IMS Deployment Tracker of IMS carrier deployments by region, country, service provider, and vendor. Vendors tracked include Alcatel-Lucent, Broadsoft, Ericsson, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia Siemens Networks, and others.

Infonetics' quarterly service provider VoIP report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2014, and analysis for VoIP subscribers and media processing and call control carrier VoIP equipment, including high-, mid-, and low-density trunk media gateways, line access media gateways, session border controllers (SBCs), media servers, Class 4 and Class 5 softswitches, and voice application servers (IP Centrex/hosted IP PBX, IP trunking, and residential). Vendors tracked include Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, Avaya , BroadSoft, Dialogic, Cisco, Comverse (NetCentrex), Ericsson, GENBAND, Huawei, Iperia, Italtel, MERA, MetaSwitch, Movius, NextPoint, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Personeta, RadiSys Convedia, Sonus, Technicolor (Thomson), Tekelec, TStarcom, Veraz, Verso, Xener, ZTE, and others.


See SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP AND IMS on Infonetics' portal (, or follow the links below for report highlights or additional information:


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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