The global service provider VoIP and IMS market is down 6 percent from the second quarter of 2013, according to Infonetics (News - Alert) Research’s vendor market share and forecasts from its 2nd quarter.
The Infonetics report identifies the following VoIP/IMS product segments to post year-over-year growth in 2Q 2014:- home subscriber servers (HSSs), voice application servers (VASs), and media gateway control function (MGCF) equipment.
“At the end of 2013, we projected the IMS equipment market would slow in 2014 as large operators in North America and Asia Pacific commercially launch VoLTE services and capacity begins to be utilized, and this is indeed happening,” said Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research (News - Alert). “We don’t view this as a cause for alarm, but rather the ship righting itself after a build-up of inventory for nationwide launches.”
Other findings from the report indicate that larger nationwide launches of VoLTE in the U.S. and Japan toward the end of 2014 will drive IMS equipment related to VoLTE next year.
This is something new as to date nationwide launches of voice over LTE (News - Alert) (VoLTE) have only happened in small countries and city-states such as South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
IMS equipment related to VoLTE in 2015 will also be fueled by the activity of operators in Europe, Canada, and other parts of Asia.
The Q2 2014 was not entirely bad as VoIP/IMS product segments of home subscriber servers (HSSs), voice application servers (VASs), and media gateway control function (MGCF) equipment posted year-over-year growth in this period. Two regions-Asia Pacific and EMEA- experienced significant VoIP/IMS revenue gains in Q2 2014 over the same period a year ago.
Infonetics also identified Huawei (News - Alert) and Metaswitch as the standout IMS/VoIP vendors.
Earlier this year, Infonetics reported that VoLTE fueled a 37 percent year-over-year growth in Q1 carrier VoIP and IMS revenue. Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) forged ahead of Huawei in VoLTE niche and GENBAND is one of the top five VoIP/IMS equipment buyers.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi