Shift in Carrier Plans for IMS and FMC
Published on: 14th Aug 2007
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
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 IMS
- 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 technology