Huawei leads the IMS Core market in 4Q11, says Exact Ventures

By TelecomLead Team: In the fourth- quarter 2011, Huawei led the IMS Core market
with more than 35 percent market share, according to a report by Exact Ventures.

The report reads that Huawei’s success continued to be based
on massive IMS projects in China, its home market.

IMS Core market growth is expected to accelerate almost 60
percent in 2012, as VoLTE deployments begin to affect the market, says analyst
at research firm Exact Ventures.

IMS Core market surged more than 30 percent in the fourth
quarter of 2011, both sequentially and year-over-year, as deployments and
trials were converted into mainstream services, and as service providers
continued to prepare for the inevitable transition to voice-over-LTE (VoLTE).

“We expect VoLTE to have a more substantial impact on
the IMS Core market beginning in 2013 and beyond, after VoLTE handsets have
been on the market for several quarters,” said Greg Collins, Founder
and rincipal Analyst at research firm Exact Ventures.

However, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens each held almost 25
percent of the market, with Ericsson edging out Nokia Siemens for the
second spot behind Huawei.

IMS Core networks and applications can enable wireline
operators to efficiently leverage a common core network for voice, video, and
data services.

For network operators with both wireline and wireless
networks, IMS also can potentially unify the core network and applications
across a variety of access networks. Thus far, however, there has been
little true convergence of wireline and wireless core and application
networks,” Collins added.

Recently, Infonetics
said that Huawei was leading the overall carrier VoIP and IMS market in 2011,
just ahead of GENBAND.

Regionally, North America and EMEA had the strongest fourth
quarter, posting carrier VoIP and IMS sales growth of more than 20 percent

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