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January 11, 2010

IP Multimedia Subsystem Market to More than Double in Five Years: ABI Research

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

ABI Research’s (News - Alert) new study “IP Transformation” finds that revenue from IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) sales will increase more than 100 percent over the next five years – thanks to the proposed deployment of long term evolution networks in different parts of the world.
Approximately $8.4 billion was spent on IMS during 2009. According to Aditya Kaul, principal analyst at ABI Research, this figure that figure will rise to $17.3 billion in 2014.
“IMS uptake will be closely associated with the deployment of LTE (News - Alert) networks worldwide,” Kaul said. “It’s all to do with recent progress in standardizing how voice services will be handled within LTE.”
LTE, considered as a largely data-centric set of technologies, will gain popularity in a world craving for more data on mobiles. ABI says until very recently LTE has not included good voice handling capabilities; yet most operators still earn 70 percent of their revenue from voice and SMS services. That has been a stumbling-block for LTE.
This scenario is going to change now as a group of operators and OEMs including AT&T, Orange, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Verizon, Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert), Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson has agreed on the “One Voice Profile,” to define a viable solution for voice in LTE.
When implemented, this standard should encourage more operators to migrate to LTE, resulting in greater adoption of IMS.
According to Kaul, leading IMS vendors such as Ericsson (News - Alert), Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have invested huge sums in IMS but haven’t been recouping that investment as they thought they would.
“Now One Voice, paired with the completion of the Rich Communication Suite, will drive strong IMS market growth,” Kaul added. “IMS vendors are already reporting a definite increase in RFPs and sales.”
IMS deployments also face hurdles, especially due to their complexity and expenses. Companies should now focus on simplifying the deployments and reducing the cost, Kaul added.
ABI Research’s study addresses the network elements impacted by this transformation and provides analysis and forecasts for each. The report also discusses the impact of LTE Evolved Core, IMS, Session Border Controllers and Media Gateways.
Another report from ABI Research titled “LTE – GSM Long Term Evolution,” released in July last year had revealed that wireless operators all over the world will spend approximately $3.3 billion in either buying or constructing more than 142,000 LTE base stations and related equipment throughout 2011, TMCnet reported.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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