SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 03, 2009 17:34 ET

Infonetics Research: Emerging IMS equipment market up 94% in 2008, subscribers to triple in 2009

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research recently released the fourth quarter (4Q08) edition of its IMS Equipment and Subscribers report. Highlights from the market research report follow.

"IMS deployments are growing, led largely by European operators. With over 100 service providers worldwide having chosen their IMS vendors, less than half are fully deployed with live traffic. The move to turn-up the remaining deployments, in addition to new deployments, will help fuel the sales for IMS network equipment. Mobile operator migration to IP and adoption of RCS will drive the deployments for IMS during the next four to five years."

Diane Myers, Directing Analyst, Service Provider VoIP and IMS, Infonetics Research


--  Worldwide sales of IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) equipment, including
    HSS (home subscriber servers) and CSCF servers, nearly doubled in 2008 over
    2007, up 94%
--  Fixed-line VoIP remains the primary application deployed over IMS
--  Long-term growth of IMS-based subscribers will be fueled by the
    availability of integrated, rich media services
--  Rich Communication Services (RCS) will be an important catalyst that
    shifts the IMS market from its current fixed-line VoIP-based focus to
    mobile networks, with the goal of delivering integrated communications with
    standardized devices
--  Unlike many other markets during the worldwide economic crisis, the
    IMS equipment market is expected to grow in 2009 and 2010
--  While IMS will never completely replace standalone VoIP networks, the
    IMS equipment market is expected to grow swiftly through 2013, when it will
    top $2.3 billion
--  Infonetics' IMS Deployment Tracker shows Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent,
    Nokia Siemens, NEC, and Huawei leading the way with core IMS equipment


Infonetics' quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, forecasts through 2013, and analysis of core IMS equipment, including HSS and CSCF servers, the split between fixed and mobile networks, and of IMS-based subscribers (residential/SOHO and business). Later in 2009, the report will also track IMS application servers and gateways and vendor market share. The report includes an IMS Deployment Tracker that tracks carrier deployments by vendor, including Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Blueslice, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens, and Samsung.

For more on RCS, please see Infonetics Research's "Integrating Communications with RCS" research note published February 16, 2009 as part of the Service Provider VoIP and IMS Continuous Research Service (CRS).


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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.

Contact Information

  • Lead Analyst:
    Diane Myers
    Directing Analyst, Service Provider VoIP and IMS
    Infonetics Research
    Email Contact
    +1 408.583.3391