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Global Service Provider VoIP and IMS Market Up 8 Percent

November 21, 2012

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

The carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market has gone up 8 percent year-over-year on the back of IMS, according to market research firm Infonetics Research (News - Alert).

Infonetics Research recently released excerpts from its third quarter 2012 (Q312) Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers market share, size, and forecasts report.

Infonetics' quarterly carrier VoIP and IMS report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts, analysis and trends for trunk media gateways, session border controllers (SBCs), media servers, Class 4 and Class 5 softswitches, voice application servers, IMS core equipment (HSS, BGCF, MGCF, CSCF servers), IMS application servers, and VoIP and IMS subscribers.

"With solid third quarter results, the carrier VoIP and IMS market is on track for positive year-over-year growth due to a handful of variables that are coming together," said Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research, in a statement.

"First, we're entering the long-tail of the legacy softswitch and trunking gateway market, with opportunities for early equipment replacement and new deals that will help slow declines and provide stabilization. Second, IMS deployments continue to grow, and there are pockets of VoLTE and wireless spending,” said Myers.

"Given these factors, and based on our fourth quarter projections," Myers continues, "We're anticipating that 2012 will provide the first annual growth in the carrier VoIP and IMS market in over four years."

The research noted that the global service provider VoIP and IMS market was down 4 percent sequentially in Q312, but is up 8 percent from the year-ago quarter (Q311).

The research found that Asia Pacific and Latin America carried the VoIP and IMS market in 3Q12, each posting high single-digit sequential growth and strong double-digit year-over-year increases.

Huawei (News - Alert), according to market research firm, strengthened its lead in the overall VoIP and IMS market, now at around 1/4 market share, through solid sales across its IMS and NGN VoIP product lines.

In the session border controller (SBC) segment, Sonus jumped to more than 20 percent market share in the quarter, solidifying its position as a strong number two after Acme Packet (News - Alert).

In its report, Infonetics pointed out that in the IMS market, it was another tight battle in Q3 between Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks as it sees continued expansion within existing IMS networks.

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