SOURCE: Infonetics Research

August 13, 2007 15:08 ET

Shift in carrier plans for IMS and FMC, says new next gen voice study by Infonetics Research

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - August 13, 2007) - Nearly 80% of service provider respondents taking part in a new study by Infonetics Research say they plan to offer fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services by April 2008, a sharp increase over the number planning to offer FMC services this year.

According to the study, "Service Provider Plans for Next Gen Voice & IMS," service providers see the top 2 benefits of offering FMC services as increasing average revenue per user (ARPU) and keeping traffic within the network.

Over half the service providers Infonetics interviewed also expect to have a full IMS solution deployed in at least some part of their network by 2010, but interestingly, a significant number say they have no plans to deploy a full IMS solution, the study shows.

"Despite the fact that 71% of the service providers we interviewed for a similar study last year expected to use IMS architecture in 2007, we cautioned that providers likely were being optimistic with their uptake plans. With this year's study, we now have concrete evidence of IMS adoption shifting out: just over a quarter are using IMS in 2007 and less than half plan to do so in 2008," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics for service provider VoIP, IMS, and FMC.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Operational expenditure saving remains an important driver to deploy
--  Some providers say they will never completely migrate to next gen
    voice for access, Class 4, or Class 5, meaning multiple heterogeneous
    access networks will coexist for a long time, and full Class 5 replacement
    is not on the agenda
--  Main drivers for carriers adopting VoIP continue to be reducing opex,
    growing revenue, and adding margin-rich services, all aided by an
    increasing broadband penetration and the maturation of next gen voice

Infonetics' study is based on formal interviews conducted by senior analysts with 24 North American, European, Asia Pacific, and Latin American-Caribbean service providers deploying next gen voice over the next year, including 12 incumbents and 12 competitive operators. The 133-page study examines the trends, drivers, barriers, and deployment plans of these providers, and covers legacy and next gen voice product expenditures, strategies and challenges, IMS, SDP, and FMC strategies, preferred next gen voice features, manufacturers installed and evaluated, and other topics.

Download study excerpts at For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user and service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst, Service Provider VoIP, IMS & FMC
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408.583.3371
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