Huawei leads service provider VoIP and IMS with 1/5 of global market share

Telecom Lead India: Huawei is leading the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment segment with around 1/5 of the global market share in 2012.

According to Infonetics Research, Alcatel-Lucent leapfrogged GENBAND to seize the #2 spot.

The carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market grew 9 percent over the previous year due to strong IMS sales.

Standout vendors in terms of sequential revenue growth in 2012 include Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia Siemens Networks, and ZTE — benefitting from the expansion of IMS networks.

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It’s still early days for IMS equipment and applications for LTE, but a handful of operators are placing orders that are positively impacting revenue.

Infonetics Research warns that this is a taste of what’s to come over the next few years as wireless operators step into voice over LTE (VoLTE) and RCS begins to roll out across multiple regions.

Global sales of carrier voice over IP (VoIP) and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) equipment topped $800 million in Q4 2012, thanks to a strong core of IMS, voice application servers, and softswitches.

IMS equipment made up just over 40 percent of total VoIP and IMS revenue in 2012, offsetting overall declines in legacy softswitch and trunk media gateways.

Though softswitches continue to decline on an annual basis, some operators are replacing early generation softswitches with new ones, opting not to switch to IMS.

For the full year, the Caribbean and Latin America region (CALA) posted the strongest growth of all regions, spiking 37 percent.

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