Market research firm Infonetics has released its fourth quarter Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers and IMS Equipment and Subscribers market share and forecast reports, finding that the worldwide carrier voice over IP equipment market closed the 2009 calendar year down 28 percent.
The IMS equipment market, however, ended on a high note with 2009 worldwide revenue up 142 percent over 2008.
The IP drop was expected, as was the market 'ending with its third consecutive quarter of stable revenue in the fourth quarter, led by very strong session border controller sales,' Infonetics officials said.
The worldwide service provider VoIP equipment market dropped 28.2 percent from 2008 to 2009, to $2.48 billion worldwide, while the migration to native IP sped up during the past 12 months due to the acceleration of TDM access line loss, 'resulting in significant declines in TDM-related equipment, particularly traditional trunk media gateways and softswitches,' Infonetics found:
'In 4Q09, service provider VoIP equipment revenue was up slightly, at 2.7 percent over 3Q09, continuing the period of relative stability that started in 2Q09. Four vendors stood out for growing revenue in 2009 -- Metaswitch in trunk media gateways and softswitches, Acme Packet in session border controllers, Radisys in media servers and BroadSoft (News
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The report also found that GENBAND's pending acquisition of Nortel's CVAS unit 'will cause significant shifts in the vendor landscape, making GENBAND (News
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