Small business wireline voice over IP (VoIP) spending is expected to rise to almost $16 billion by 2015, according to new research just released by In-Stat (News - Alert).
The In-Stat research called “U.S. Business Spending by Size of Business and Vertical, 2010-2015: Wireline Voice Services” provides forecasts of U.S. business wireline voice services for the 2010-2015 period, with detailed segmentation by product category, size of business, and vertical market.
"Wireline voice, although not growing in any significant way, is holding steady across all sizes of business," said Greg Potter, in a statement. "One service segment we see that could be vulnerable due to alternative technologies like VoIP is international long distance services. Even though the total dollar spend remains high, we see negative growth over the forecast period," Potter added.
According to the research, in regards to small businesses the hospitality and food vertical will spend the most on wireline voice services, reaching $2 billion by 2012, and total toll-free service expenditures is expected to increase by $134 million over the 5-year forecast period.
The study also noted that enterprise spending in the government segment will reach $4.7 billion by 2015.
In related news, TMCnet recently reported that additional research from In-Stat found that broadband IP telephony has become a popular form of VoIP in both the work-at-home and small business arena. According to the research agency small office spending on broadband IP telephony will increase 83 percent from 2010-2015.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein