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Carrier VoIP and IMS Market Has Best Year Ever in 2015

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Riding the voice over LTE (VoLTE) wave, worldwide service provider voice over IP (VoIP) and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) revenue grew 31 percent in 2015 from 2014, to $5.5 billion, according to IHS.

"In 2015, the carrier VoIP and IMS market posted its best result on record as VoLTE launches in EMEA and Asia Pacific drove activity," said Diane Myers, senior research director for VoIP, UC and IMS at IHS. "In Asia Pacific, volumes were driven by Chinese operators building up for VoLTE launches and providers in India getting ready for 2016, the results of the accumulation of activity we saw building throughout the year."

In the 4th quarter of 2015 (4Q15), the global service provider VoIP and IMS market totaled $1.4 billion, a sequential increase of 3 percent.

Session border controllers (SBCs), voice application servers and IMS core elements posted solid year-over-year growth.

IMS equipment revenue (not including SBCs) accounted for 65 percent of VoIP and IMS revenue in 4Q15.

There continue to be pockets of growth in gateways and softswitches in a given quarter, much of it due to replacements of older equipment.

For the full-year 2015, the standout vendors with over 35 percent year-over-year revenue growth were Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, ZTE and BroadSoft.

As of January 2016, 48 operators have launched commercial VoLTE services, with more planned this coming year: 23 in Asia Pacific, 20 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and 5 in North America

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