Having spent three years in negative territory, the global market for carrier VoIP (voice over IP) and IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) equipment returned to growth in 2012. Sales rose by 9%, driven by a strong performance from the IMS segment.
This information comes courtesy of Infonetics Research, which yesterday published portions of its fourth-quarter and annual report on the market. The detailed publication will come out in the first week of March.
Diane Myers, Infonetics' head analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS, said that the market for LTE-designed IMS equipment and applications was still in its nascent stages but revenues are starting to benefit from orders placed by a small number of operators. The trend will only accelerate as wireless carriers embrace VoLTE (voice over LTE) and many regions see the start of RCS deployments, Myers added.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, global revenues from carrier VoIP/IMS equipment exceeded $800 million. The increase was driven primarily by IMS gear, voice application servers and softswitches. IMS equipment accounted for slightly over 40% of total sales proceeds in 2012, compensating for the overall slip in legacy softswitch and trunk media gateways. Despite the ongoing annual decline in the softswitches segment, a number of carriers are choosing to replace existing softswitches with new-generation ones rather than opt for IMS, Infonetics said.
When it comes to performance by region, the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) delivered the strongest result in terms of growth rate. The region exited 2012 with an impressive 37% expansion in sales, according to the report.
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