SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

May 24, 2011 15:10 ET

Infonetics Research: IMS market up YoY as move to all-IP grows; SBCs, VAS bright spots in carrier VoIP market

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released its first quarter 2011 (1Q11) IMS Equipment and Subscribers and Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers preliminary market share and forecast reports.

"Mobile is the big news in the IMS equipment market, with over half of all IMS equipment sold going to mobile networks in the first quarter of 2011. The impact of LTE is starting to kick in, particularly in North America, where IMS equipment is being implemented for LTE networks for subscriber registrations and mobile messaging services, and in Asia Pacific for enhanced services over 3G. We expect 2011 to be the year where LTE and network transformation projects start having an important impact on IMS. Meanwhile, the movement towards IMS and all-IP networks is having a reverse impact on legacy VoIP equipment such as softswitches and trunk media gateways," notes Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.


  • The IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) equipment market was down 11.6% sequentially in 1Q11, but is up 96% over the first quarter of 2010

  • Although there is still lumpiness quarter to quarter in the IMS equipment segment, there is continued overall upward progression in the market due to early LTE deployments, network modernization plans, and upgrades to PacketCable 2.0

  • In 1Q11, Asia Pacific represents just over half of all IMS equipment revenue driven by activity in Japan, South Korea, China, and pockets of Southeast Asia

  • NEC, which had a strong quarter in a number of telecom equipment markets in 1Q11, led the fast-growing session control function (CSCF) server market, due to its dominance in Asia, where NTT in Japan is its largest IMS customer


  • The service provider VoIP equipment market, including trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, and voice application servers, dropped 25% to $460.5 million in 1Q11 from 4Q10

  • The overall carrier VoIP equipment market is also down year-over-year, down 14% from the first quarter of 2010

  • The bright spots of the market benefiting from the move to IMS: SBCs (session border controllers), global revenue for which is up 26% year-over-year, and voice application servers, up 32%

  • Increasing numbers of VoIP subscribers (particularly in Brazil and Mexico), SIP trunking, and IP interconnectivity between networks will continue to be important drivers in the carrier VoIP equipment market

  • Vendor highlights in 1Q11: GENBAND maintained its lead in the overall carrier VoIP equipment market, followed closely by Huawei

Infonetics' quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts through 2015, and analysis of mobile and fixed-line IMS subscribers and equipment. Equipment tracked: IMS voice and IM/presence application servers and IMS core equipment, including home subscriber servers (HSS), CSCF servers, media resource function (MRF), breakout gateway control function (BGCF), and media gateway control function (MGCF). Includes an IMS deployment tracker by region, country, carrier, and vendor. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia Siemens, ZTE, others.

Infonetics' quarterly Service Provider VoIP Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts, 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, SBCs, media servers, Class 4 and Class 5 softswitches, and voice application servers (IP Centrex/hosted IP PBX, IP trunking, residential). Vendors tracked: Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, BroadSoft, Cisco, Dialogic, Ericsson, GENBAND, Huawei, Italtel, MetaSwitch, Nokia Siemens, RadiSys, Sonus, Technicolor, Tekelec, Xener, ZTE, others.


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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.

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