|By Business Wire||
|July 9, 2014 05:01 PM EDT||
Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 IMS Service Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, for which carriers with IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) core equipment in their networks were interviewed to assess their needs, plans, and ratings of IMS vendors.
“Among carriers participating in our latest IMS study, it’s clear that although voice over LTE (VoLTE) is the largest driver for IMS, it also presents new challenges such as a limited set of compatible handsets and a weak business case. It’ll be tough to justify spending capital on a new network for just voice that represents flat-to-declining revenue, requiring providers to look well beyond running voice over IMS,” says Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research.
IMS SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
- 83% of carriers surveyed say they will deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE) by 2016, up from 3% today
- Another top factor driving respondent IMS deployments is the ability to offer converged services over multiple access methods
- Fixed-line voice over IP (VoIP) service continues to represent the majority of IMS deployments, with 100% of survey respondents planning to have business and/or residential VoIP services running over IMS by 2016
- Discussions around virtualization and NFV (network functions virtualization) are heating up, and IMS is in the thick of things: Respondents overwhelmingly expressed a desire to run IMS networks in an NFV environment within 2 years
- If vendors aren’t actively developing products suited for an NFV environment, they will fall short in RFPs
IMS SURVEY SYNOPSIS
Infonetics' 36-page IMS survey is based on interviews with incumbent, mobile, competitive, and cable operators from around the world that have IMS core equipment in their networks or plan to by 2016. Infonetics asked operators about IMS migration drivers and barriers; single/multiple IMS cores; plans for IMS services (VoLTE, residential voice over broadband, business-hosted IP voice, RCS/e, business trunking, etc.); and CSCF and HSS installations, features, and manufacturers. The report includes operator ratings of IMS infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Genband, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia, Oracle, ZTE) on 9 criteria. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS
Infonetics’ July Service Provider VoIP and IMS research brief:
- Rise in mobile broadband traffic puts new focus on centralized signaling and routing control
- Infonetics releases Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers report
- Voice over LTE taking off absent an immediate business case; Japan’s Line overtakes Skype
- VoLTE fuels 37% YoY growth in Q1 carrier VoIP and IMS market; Alcatel-Lucent rises to top
- China's huge LTE rollouts and EU network upgrades push carrier capex to $354B this year
- Exploding mobile device traffic, acquisitions heat up Diameter signaling controller market
RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH
- White Paper: How Much Will Cloud Unified Communications Cost? Responses to Two RFPs
- Analyst Research Notes: VoIP, UC, and IMS (Ongoing)
- Service Provider Capex, Opex, Revenue and Subscribers Database (June 26)
- Centralized Signaling and Routing Control Market Outlook (July 7)
- Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers Forecast (mid-Aug.)
- SBC Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey (Nov.)
- Delivering Gigabit Broadband: A Primer (July 16: Attend) - attendees receive free report
- Shifting to the Cloud: Managing Next-Gen WLANs (July 22: Attend) – free 802.11ac AP
- Coherent Optics: Cheaper, Better, Faster (July 24: Attend)
- Diameter Signaling Control for LTE Networks (View on-demand)
- Deploying IMS in the Cloud with NFV (View on-demand)
TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT:
N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard [email protected] +1 408-583-3335
N. A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne [email protected] +1 408-583-3395
Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song [email protected] +86 21-3919-8505
Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics [email protected] +81 3-6408-5566
South Korea 대한민국 Doug Moon, MBAP [email protected], +82 2-3453-9400
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides.
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