CALIFORNIA, USA: The global service provider VoIP and IMS market was down four per cent sequentially in 3Q12, but is up eight per cent from the year-ago quarter (3Q11), finds research firm Infonetics Research.
“With solid third quarter results, the carrier VoIP and IMS market is on track for positive year-over-year growth due to a handful of variables that are coming together,” notes Diane Myers, principal analyst, VoIP, UC, and IMS, Infonetics Research. “First, we’re entering the long-tail of the legacy softswitch and trunking gateway market, with opportunities for early equipment replacement and new deals that will help slow declines and provide stabilization. Second, IMS deployments continue to grow, and there are pockets of VoLTE and wireless spending.”
Asia Pacific and Latin America carried the VoIP and IMS market in 3Q12, each posting high single-digit sequential growth and strong double-digit year-over-year increases. Huawei strengthened its lead in the overall VoIP and IMS market, now at around 1/4 market share, through solid sales across its IMS and NGN VoIP product lines.
“Given these factors, and based on our fourth quarter projections,” Myers continues, “We’re anticipating that 2012 will provide the first annual growth in the carrier VoIP and IMS market in over four years.”
In the session border controller (SBC) segment, Sonus jumped to over 20 per cent market share in the quarter, solidifying their position as a strong number two after Acme Packet. In the IMS market, it was another tight battle in 3Q12 between Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks as we see continued expansion within existing IMS networks.