On the positive side, sales of session border controllers and media servers were up in 3Q08, although not enough to offset losses in other segments in the next gen voice market.
"Third quarter service provider VoIP equipment sales confirmed what we started seeing in the previous quarter: in North America, carriers were already slowing their VoIP investments after completing major projects; in Western Europe and some parts of Asia, such as South Korea, inventories were already high. The quarter also reflects the global economic downturn, which is turning the expected VoIP deployment dip into a drop. New VoIP projects will be postponed at best, and some may be cancelled altogether, as more consumers ditch their fixed lines, thus cutting the need for wireline upgrades. As such, we are predicting a 2-year pause in the overall carrier VoIP space, with a pick up expected in 2011," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.
Other highlights from the report:
Year-over-year (from 3Q07), softswitches, SBCs, and media servers are up
Cisco shook up the worldwide trunk media gateway market with a 37% sequential jump in revenue in 3Q08, propelling them to the #1 spot, followed by GENBAND and Huawei
Nortel maintains its #1 position in the worldwide softswitch market
Cable MSOs are likely to postpone PacketCable 2.0 deployments for residential VoIP due to tough economic conditions
Given how bad the current economic turmoil is, the 5-year outlook for service provider next gen voice is decent
Voice over broadband (VoBB) will continue to be the big driver across the board
Infonetics’ report tracks VoIP subscribers and carrier VoIP equipment, including high-, mid-, and low-density trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, class 4 and class 5 softswitches, and IP Centrex/hosted IP PBX, IP trunking, and residential voice application servers. The report also tracks fixed-line and mobile network IMS core equipment, including HSS, CSCF servers, media resource function, breakout gateway control function (BGCF), application servers, and PSTN gateways.
Companies tracked include Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes (Netrake), Dialogic (Cantata), Cisco, Comverse (NetCentrex), Ditech, Ericsson, GENBAND, Huawei, Italtel, MERA, MetaSwitch, Movius (IP Unity), NextPoint (NexTone), Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, RadiSys (Convedia), Sonus, Tekelec, Thomson Cirpack, UTStarcom, Veraz, Verso, Xener, and many others. [November 24, 2008]
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