February 24, 2015

Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), today reported that the global service provider voice over IP (VoIP) and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) equipment market grew 12 percent in 2014, to $4.2 billion, as operators continue to transform their networks to be simpler, more cost effective, and able to offer next gen voice services, chiefly voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Infonetics' early edition Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers report contains vendor market share, forecasts and preliminary analysis for the global carrier VoIP and IMS market for the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14) and the full-year 2014.

"The service provider VoIP and IMS market posted solid growth in 2014 due to VoLTE deployments and network transformation projects. We feel positive about 2015 with VoLTE activity continuing and voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) beginning to ramp," Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research, said.


  • In addition to a healthy annual gain, the carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market saw strong quarterly growth, up 21 percent sequentially in 4Q14, to $1.2 billion, with IMS comprising 58 percent of total sales
  • Market segments posting solid year-over-year growth in 4Q14 include trunk media gateways, session border controllers (SBCs), softswitches, voice application servers, call session control function (CSCF) and media gateway control function (MGCF)
  • To date, 15 operators in the US, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Romania and Denmark have launched commercial VoLTE services, including AT&T, Verizon, KT, NTT DoCoMo and TDC
  • All major geographical regions posted growth in 2014, but CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) was a shining star, notching 42 percent growth over 2013 due to the expansion of fixed-line VoIP networks
  • EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) continues to see solid activity as VoLTE-related equipment sales are starting to kick in ahead of 2015 service launches by operators
  • The standout vendor in 4Q14 and for the full-year 2014 is Huawei, which outpaced the carrier VoIP and IMS market, taking 26 percent of worldwide revenue for the year
  • All the large network equipment vendors -- Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Networks -- are benefitting from VoLTE-related activity
  • Infonetics forecasts the worldwide service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market to grow to $4.6 billion in 2019

Infonetics' quarterly carrier VoIP and IMS report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2019, analysis and trends for trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, voice application servers, HSS, CSCF, BGCF, MGCF, IM/presence application servers, and subscribers. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Ericsson, GENBAND, Huawei, Mavenir, Metaswitch, NEC, Nokia Networks, Oracle, Radisys, Sonus, ZTE, others. To purchase the report, contact www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.