SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

October 18, 2010 14:43 ET

Infonetics Research: Session border controller survey shows growing use of SBCs for VoIP interconnection

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2010) -  Market research firm Infonetics Research (http://twitter.com/infonetics) today released excerpts from its SBC Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey. The report, part of a series on the service provider VoIP and IMS market, captures a strategic overview from a wide range of service providers about applications using session border controllers, important SBC features, security issues, and which vendors are being utilized in the market.

ANALYST NOTE
"Four of the most interesting findings in this year's session border controller survey are that there's growing interest in embedded SBCs, that SBCs are increasingly used to interconnect to other service providers, that fixed-mobile convergence and wireless access are solid growth prospects for new SBC deployments, and that service providers remain highly concerned about security breaches. SBCs have become a critical element in next generation voice networks. They have evolved into traffic managers and policy engines, taking on more and more functionality," notes Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

SBC SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • SIP trunking is the #1 SBC application currently used by service providers
  • The #1 SBC application expected in 2012 is interconnection between service providers, a growing phenomenon as the world's voice networks increasingly become all IP
  • The fastest-growing applications for SBCs are fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and wireless access, including 4G voice, mobile VoIP over 3G, and Rich Communication Suite (RCS)
  • Standalone dedicated SBCs continue to dominate deployments, but an increasing number of service providers are looking at deploying embedded SBCs in a range of network elements
  • In response to an open-ended question, SBC market share leader Acme Packet was named by 95% of service providers as a "top SBC vendor"
  • GENBAND was also named a top SBC vendor, by about a third of respondent service providers
  • When asked which SBC vendors they are evaluating for future SBC purchases, service providers overwhelmingly named Acme Packet, as well as emerging vendors with more of an embedded SBC product set, such as Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and Juniper

ABOUT THE SURVEY
For the SBC Deployment Strategies Survey, Infonetics interviewed SBC purchase decision-makers at 43 service providers that represent 26% of worldwide telecom capex and 31% of worldwide telecom revenue. The service providers represent a good mix of geographies (44% Europe / Middle East / Africa, 33% North America, 16% Central and Latin America, 7% Asia Pacific) and carrier types (37% competitive operators, 35% incumbent carriers, 19% cable operator, 9% wireless).

Service providers responded to a broad range of topics, from most critical SBC features and top SBC applications, to security concerns, timelines, network location plans, and perceptions of SBC vendors.

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