Carrier VoIP and IMS Market - Huawei, ALU, Ericsson, NSN Ride the VoLTE Wave
Published on: 19th Feb 2014
Worldwide service provider VoIP and IMS equipment revenue totaled $3.7 billion in 2013 up 30% from 2012 according to Infonetics Research.
Spending was particularly strong in the U.S., China, and Japan, where the mobile markets are large and operators are competitive, though all major regions posted strong growth from a year ago.
Mobile wasn't the entire story: Fixed-line transformation projects are not dead, and there was a fair share of spending on class 5 replacement and voice over broadband (VoBB) and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking expansion
"The market for carrier VoIP and IMS shined in 2013 as mobile operators ramped for voice over LTE (VoLTE), and Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and NSN rode the wave, each putting up impressive 20%+ year-over-year growth," reports Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research. "Though there's still room for pure-play vendors and product specialists, the large equipment manufacturers benefit from long-standing relationships with mobile operators and broad product portfolios that extend well beyond carrier VoIP and IMS."
Infonetics expects the forward spending that happened in 2013 across multiple areas in the carrier VoIP and IMS market to taper off as operators launch services and draw down significant inventory, creating lumpiness.