SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

August 11, 2009 12:36 ET

Infonetics Research: IMS operator survey shows Huawei gaining and a shift toward video and mobile services

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released results from its IMS Plans: Global Service Provider Survey, published last week as part of its Continuous Research Service. The survey provides a strategic overview of service provider IMS network plans, service offerings, product features, drivers and barriers, and ratings of 10 IMS vendors: Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Sonus, and ZTE.

"Our 2009 IMS service provider survey indicates that the IMS market is advancing from early-stage services to the next phase. The two most important indicators are the higher number of service providers planning to offer services beyond fixed-line voice -- such as video and mobile services -- by 2011, and the shift in IMS deployment drivers, which include the opportunity to offer converged services, deploy new applications and services, and consolidate networks," says Diane Myers, Infonetics Research's Directing Analyst for Service Provider VoIP and IMS.

"On the vendor front, Ericsson continues to be the leading IMS vendor, but Huawei has made the most progress in terms of deployments and vendor perceptions. Huawei poses a credible and serious threat to Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nokia Siemens based on the number of providers with Huawei IMS products under evaluation, and overall perception of Huawei across a broad set of criteria," Myers added.


--  80% of Infonetics' service provider respondents run fixed voice over
    IMS today or will by 2011, making fixed-line VoIP service the current
    mainstay of IMS deployments
--  More than half of the service provider respondents plan to deploy
    video telephony and converged mobile/fixed-line services over the next 12-
    18 months
--  The top three IMS applications operators expect to offer over the next
    two years are mobile-related: FMC, mobile presence, and mobile messaging


Infonetics' IMS survey provides insights into service provider IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) network strategies, deployment drivers and barriers, service offerings, CSCF (Call Session Control Function) and HSS (Home Subscriber Server) deployments, product feature preferences, product vendor selection criteria, brand awareness ratings, and a vendor scorecard.

Infonetics surveyed 20 incumbent, wireless, and competitive service providers in EMEA, Asia Pacific, North America, and Central and Latin America that have deployed IMS core equipment or plan to by 2010. The respondents represent almost one-third of worldwide service provider revenue and capex, and 37% of total EMEA public service provider capital spending, representing a good portion of the EMEA landscape, where the majority of IMS activity is.


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--  Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe,
    Middle East:, +1 408.583.3395


-- Strong quarter for IMS equipment; steep decline for carrier VoIP equipment market

-- Verizon Business tops Infonetics Research's Business VoIP Services Leadership Matrix

-- RCS subscribers to hit 1.3 million in 2010, led by Western Europe

-- SIP trunking to grow at 89% CAGR to 2013; hosted UC taking off amid strong VoIP services growth

-- Emerging IMS equipment market up 94% in 2008, subscribers to triple in 2009

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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