iLocus publishes 2006 VoIP statistics


WEBWIRE – Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The 8th annual report on VoIP industry published by iLocus today reveals size and market leaders in over 50 market segments/sub-segments within the VoIP services and equipment markets. In the carrier VoIP equipment market, softswitch and media gateways generated combined revenues of $2.2 billion, which represents about 24 percent growth over the previous year 2005. During the calendar year 2006, 36.9 million Class 5 softswitch licenses, 34.8 million Class 4 softswitch licenses, and 48.2 million service provider media gateway ports were sold in the markets worldwide. Nortel leads the Class 5 softswitch market worldwide, closely followed by Siemens, while Huawei leads the Class 4 softswitch market.

In the area of Class 5 softswitch if the contribution from independent application server makers is included, then the actual nextgen subscriber line licenses sold during 2006 comes up to 40.9 million. Out of the 40.9 million lines, an estimated 14.8 million lines were deployed for hosted VoBB application. The 14.8 million figure further splits into 3.4 million lines of hosted business Centrex/PBX and 11.4 million residential VoBB lines. Comverse leads the residential VoBB application licenses with 17.3 percent market share worldwide.

Acme Packet and Radisys are identified as market share leaders in SBC and IP Media Server categories respectively.

In the enterprise segment, the annual report reveals that in 2006 vendors shipped a total of about 18.3 million IP PBX end user licenses, and an estimated 8.5 million desktop IP phones. Desktop IP phone sales grew 38 percent over the previous year 2005, while the IPPBX market grew an impressive 52 percent year over year.

Avaya leads Enterprise IP PBX market in 2006 while Cisco emerged as a leader in desktop IP Phone market. Spectralink emerged as VoIP over Wi-Fi handset market leader in year 2006. Cisco also emerged as a clear leader in Enterprise Voice Gateway and ATA market in 2006.

The 8th annual VoIP industry report further reveals that that there were estimated 37.5 million VoBB subscribers worldwide as of end 2006. 16.5 million new VoBB subscribers were added during 2006. US added almost 3 million new VoBB subscribers during 2006. France and Germany added about 2.15 million and 1.16 million new VoBB subscribers respectively during 2006. Other markets which were aggressive in expanding VoBB subscriber base in 2006 include Netherlands, Canada, and Italy.

In terms of VoIP minutes, estimated 1,079 billion minutes of VoIP traffic was carried by service providers worldwide in 2006. Of these minutes, 382.3 billion was local call volume, 614.4 billion was national long distance (NLD) call volume, and 82.6 billion was the international long distance (ILD) call volume. Sonus, UTStarcom, Cisco and Comverse platforms emerged as leading traffic handlers in various different categories.

iLocus has been following the VoIP minutes data since March 1999. It is the only research group that has been able to consistently track such data and attribute the share of these minutes to service providers and vendors. In particular, iLocus pioneered the concept of attributing market share in traffic/minutes to equipment providers back in 1999.

The annual report ‘Global VoIP Market 2007’ covers the calendar year 2006, reporting on carrier VoIP, enterprise VoIP, and consumer VoIP segments.

For more information on the report please visit http://www.ilocus.com/global2007.htm



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