SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 04, 2010 17:21 ET

Infonetics Research: IMS equipment market up 142% in 2009; carrier VoIP holding steady after tough year

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) -  Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its fourth quarter (4Q09) Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers and IMS Equipment and Subscribers market share and forecast reports.


"The worldwide carrier voice over IP equipment market closed the 2009 calendar year down 28%, as expected, ending with its third consecutive quarter of stable revenue in the fourth quarter, led by very strong session border controller sales. Meanwhile, the IMS equipment market ended on a high note with 2009 worldwide revenue up 142% over 2008. The shining star in 4Q09 for IMS sales were deployments for mobile networks, particularly purchases for Rich Communication Suite, video, LTE trials and enhanced mobile IM and presence services. The IMS market will continue to be lumpy on a quarterly basis, but we expect continued positive momentum from new deployments from North American cable operators, Class 5 replacement projects in EMEA and VoLTE to contribute to strong annual growth for at least the next five years," forecasts Diane Myers, directing analyst for service provider VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.


  • Worldwide IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) equipment vendor revenue totaled $426 million in 2009 and is forecast to grow to $1.44 billion in 2014
  • Following a down 3Q09, the worldwide IMS equipment market posted its strongest quarter to date, jumping 92% sequentially in 4Q09
  • 4Q09 marked the first quarter in which revenue from IMS equipment for mobile networks surpassed that of IMS equipment for fixed-line networks
  • Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks each posted very strong IMS equipment results in 4Q09
  • With key operators and vendors forming the OneVoice initiative and transferring the initiative to the GSMA in February 2010, IMS is guaranteed to get its biggest driver from LTE deployments starting in 2012


  • The worldwide service provider VoIP equipment market dropped 28.2% from 2008 to 2009, to $2.48 billion worldwide
  • The migration to native IP sped up during the past 12 months due to the acceleration of TDM access line loss, resulting in significant declines in TDM-related equipment, particularly traditional trunk media gateways and softswitches
  • In 4Q09, service provider VoIP equipment revenue was up slightly, at 2.7% over 3Q09, continuing the period of relative stability that started in 2Q09
  • Four vendors stood out for growing revenue in 2009:
    • Metaswitch in trunk media gateways and softswitches
    • Acme Packet in session border controllers
    • Radisys in media servers
    • BroadSoft in voice application servers
  • GENBAND's pending acquisition of Nortel's CVAS unit will cause significant shifts in the vendor landscape, making GENBAND the largest carrier VoIP vendor for overall revenue


Infonetics' quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, select market share, forecasts through 2014, and analysis of mobile and fixed-line IMS subscribers and equipment. The report tracks revenue, licenses, sessions, and/or DS0s for IMS voice and 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). Market share for CSCF servers is provided for Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Mavenir, 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, others) and vendor (Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Huawei, Italtel, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Samsung, Sonus, Starent).

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, softswitches, and voice application servers.

The carrier VoIP equipment report tracks Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Cisco, Comverse, Ericsson, 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 and Unified Communication Services and Subscribers
  • IMS Product Features and Vendor Ratings: Global Service Provider Survey
  • IMS Services Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  • Residential Voice, Video, and Data Services: North America

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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