released excerpts from its first quarter 2012 (1Q12) Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers vendor market share and forecast report.
“In the first quarter of 2012 we saw the largest order of IMS core equipment and application server licenses on record, secured by Alcatel-Lucent -- a clear sign that operators in North America are gearing up for voice over LTE deployments. While commercial VoLTE services have yet to launch, this is a taste of what is to come as operators push forward over the next 5+ years. That said, large equipment orders will be sporadic and the IMS market will continue to be lumpy,” explains Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.
Myers adds: “1Q12 was an unusually good quarter for the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market not only because of the big IMS order for VoLTE, but also because of continued fixed-line network transformation, fixed-mobile convergence, and voice over broadband projects over IMS worldwide.”
SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP AND IMS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
- Thanks to exceptionally strong IMS equipment spending, the overall service provider VoIP equipment market bucked its traditional down first quarter by inching up 1% to $715 million over 4Q11
- Globally, the overall market is up 18% in 1Q12 from the year-ago first quarter -- despite continued declines in legacy trunk media gateway and softswitch sales -- driven by strong IMS core equipment, session border controller, and voice application server sales
- In 1Q12, Alcatel-Lucent more than doubled its service provider VoIP and IMS revenue and market share, propelling them to the #1 position for worldwide market share, ahead of perennial leaders Huawei and GENBAND
- North America led the quarter, with carrier VoIP and IMS spending up 18% quarter-over-quarter and up a strong 76% year-over-year
- Infonetics expects the number of mobile and fixed-line subscribers on IMS networks to grow 42% in 2012 to top 250 million worldwide