GENBAND beats Huawei in combined carrier VoIP and IMS market

The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) market grew 87 percent year-on-year, according to Infonetics Research.

GENBAND leads combined carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market in 2Q11, followed by Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Acme Packet, and Nokia Siemens Networks.

While parts of the carrier voice over IP equipment market, specifically softswitches and gateways, are faced with ongoing declines, the IMS equipment market is experiencing the opposite, up 87 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Many factors are contributing to strong IMS market growth: Large service providers in China and Europe are in the midst of significant class 5 replacement projects; subscribers are being added to existing IMS networks on an ongoing basis; and wireless operators in North America have launched IMS for messaging and plan to go live with voice over LTE (VoLTE) in 2012,” said Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

According to Infonetics Research, Global IMS equipment manufacturer revenue grew 20 percent sequentially and 87 percent year-over year in 2Q11.

Alcatel-Lucent leads the fast-growing IMS session control function server market in 2Q11.

In 2Q11, Asia Pacific contributed 68 percent of all IMS equipment spending, driven primarily by activity in China, Japan, and South Korea

Mobile IMS-based spending will be a strong contributor to IMS market growth in the second half of 2011, particularly in North America as operators ramp up LTE deployments and prepare for VoLTE in 2012.


In 2Q11, the global service provider VoIP equipment market (trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, voice application servers), grew 13 percent sequentially to $507 million.

Year-over-year (from 2Q10 to 2Q11), the global market is down 10.4 percent.

Session border controller (SBC) and voice application server (VAS) revenue is up 15 percent and 42 percent year-over-year, respectively, benefitting from the industry shift to IP and IMS.

Recently, Infonetics Research said that its 2011 survey results show that fixed-line VoIP continues to be the primary service deployed over IMS. However, there also is a notable continuing shift toward IMS in the mobile world, evidenced by the rising number of mobile services planned over IMS by 2013.

78 percent of respondents will have a mobile-specific service such as mobile messaging, VoLTE (voice over LTE), RCS (Rich Communication Service), and/or VoIP over 3G by 2013, up from 35 percent today.

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