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Infonetics Research: Demand up, prices down for carrier VoIP and IMS equipment, led by China
[November 22, 2010]

Infonetics Research: Demand up, prices down for carrier VoIP and IMS equipment, led by China

(Market Wire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/22/10 -- Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter (3Q10) Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers and IMS Equipment and Subscribers market share and forecast reports.

ANALYST NOTE "The number-one story that will come out of 2010 for the IMS and carrier VoIP equipment markets is China, where conditions are driving volumes up and pushing prices down. There are large network transformation projects underway in China, so demand for equipment is very strong, but at the same time, vendors are willing to push the pricing limits to get into strategic accounts. In the third quarter of 2010, every product category except media servers was impacted by pricing pressures, so while shipments were up for most segments, total worldwide revenue took a hit. Looking at the long-term prospects, the network elements that are best poised for solid growth are those that facilitate the migration to all-IP networks, such as session border controllers (SBCs)," notes Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP MARKET HIGHLIGHTS The total service provider VoIP equipment market, including trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, and voice application servers, decreased 9% from 2Q10 to 3Q10, to $511 million While revenue is down for the quarter, shipments for almost all segments in the market are up sequentially Asia Pacific is the only region expected to post year-over-year revenue growth in 2010 for service provider VoIP equipment In 3Q10, GENBAND leads the combined carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market for worldwide revenue IMS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS The worldwide IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) equipment market, including IMS core equipment and application servers, grew 4% in 3Q10, on the heels of a 34% jump in the previous quarter In 3Q10, the 4 top vendors, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks, continue to fight it out for new deals and replacement RFPs Ericsson and Nokia Siemens saw revenue growth with CSCF in a relatively flat quarter Overall, the IMS equipment market is experiencing strong and healthy growth, driven in the near-term by the continued adoption of VoIP services and service provider migration of VoIP services to IMS networks Longer-term, the IMS market will get a boost from the push for enhanced mobile services, with LTE being the most significant driver ABOUT THE REPORTS Infonetics' quarterly Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts, and analysis for VoIP subscribers and media processing and call control carrier VoIP equipment, including high-, mid-, and low-density trunk media gateways, line access media gateways, SBCs, media servers, Class 4 and Class 5 softswitches, and voice application servers (IP Centrex/hosted IP PBX, IP trunking, and residential). Vendors tracked include Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, BroadSoft, Cisco, Dialogic, Ericsson, GENBAND, Huawei, Iperia, Italtel, MetaSwitch, Movius, Nokia Siemens, RadiSys Convedia, Sonus, Technicolor (Thomson), Tekelec, Xener, ZTE, and others.

Infonetics' quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis of mobile and fixed-line IMS subscribers and equipment. Equipment tracked includes IMS voice and IM/presence application servers and IMS core equipment, including home subscriber servers (HSS), call session control function (CSCF) servers, media resource function (MRF), and breakout gateway control function (BGCF). The report includes an IMS deployment tracker by region, country, carrier, and vendor. Vendors tracked include Alcatel-Lucent, Broadsoft, Ericsson, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia Siemens, ZTE and others.

RELATED RESEARCH Enterprise Unified Communication, VoIP, and TDM Equipment Market Share Session border controller survey shows growing use of SBCs for VoIP interconnection Business VoIP service revenue up 8% in 1H10 BT, T-Systems, Vodafone top hosted business VoIP services leaders in EMEA IMS operator surveys show growing trend toward mobile deployments Broadband, video, and mobile services fuel the residential services market Verizon, AT&T, New Global Telecom, Cbeyond, 8x8 top N. American business VoIP leaders Trend toward hosted and business VoIP services seen across three new reports Rich Communication Suite subscribers to hit 7.3 million in 2011, led by Europe and Asia IMS Equipment Pricing Analysis Huawei 2008-2009 Revenue Reconciliation WHITE PAPER: The Benefits of Cloud-based Telephony WHITE PAPER: The Cost Advantage of Hosted Telephony UPCOMING VOIP AND IMS MARKET RESEARCH See SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP AND IMS on Infonetics' portal ( for more information: Enterprise Unified Communication, VoIP, and TDM Equipment Forecasts (Dec. 1) Total Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers Pivot (Dec. 8) Residential Voice, Video, and Data Services: North America (Dec. 15) IMS Services Strategies, Product Features, Vendor Leadership: Carrier Survey (2011) SBC Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (2011) SIP Trunking Strategies and Communications Expenditures: Enterprise Survey (2011) Unified Communications: North American Enterprise Survey (2011) Infonetics' 2011 Research Lineup SALES Larry Howard, Vice President: [email protected], +1-408-583-3335 Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director: [email protected], +1-408-583-3395 Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

Image Available: <b>Lead Analyst: </b>Diane Myers Directing Analyst, VoIP and IMS Infonetics Research +1-408-583-3391 Email Contact Source: Infonetics Research

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