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Global VOIP Has Arrived; Just Not As Expected!
In-Stat/MDR, December 2005, Pages: 42
The global market for consumer VoIP services has arrived, with total VoIP subscribers worldwide at 16 million in 2005 and projected to grow to over 55 million in 2009. But despite an impressive 62% year-over-year subscriber growth rate in 2005, few consumers have ever heard of the term "VoIP". This indicates providers have to continue to educate the public, and that there is considerable room for market growth.
Competition in broadband access services is the key driving force behind VoIP market development. In addition, multiple waves of new entrants, ranging from broadband ISPs and cable MSOs, to Google and eBay will play significant roles.
This recent report found the following:
73% of all VoIP subscribers worldwide have migrated to VoIP without making a conscious buying decision to adopt the new technology.
In North America and Canada, cable operators are aggressively expanding their VoIP footprint, but are marketing VoIP as plain old telephone service.
In Asia, South Korea will have the highest VoIP growth rate, followed by Hong Kong and Singapore.
In Europe, broadband ISPs, such as Free Telecom (France) and FastWeb (Italy) are leading the way with innovative consumer triple-play service bundles.
The report, "Global VOIP Has Arrived; Just Not As Expected!" covers current VoIP markets worldwide, including figures of year-end 2005 subscribers and revenue by major carrier and region. Five-year subscriber and revenue forecasts by region are also presented. The report documents the challenges that ISPs, cable, mobile, and fixed-line carriers face to successfully implement strategies in a dynamic global VoIP market.
Regional VoIP Market Trends
BB Wireline CLECs Are Thorny Competitors
Cable Operators Embrace VoIP
Wireless BB Operators and FMC Services Emerge
The Incumbents Are Responding Cautiously
Middle East and Africa
Incumbents Losing Long-Distance Voice Traffic
Lack of Computer Use in Africa
Wireless Broadband May Spur Initial VoIP Service
Moderate Growth for the Competitive VoIP Service Providers
Cable Takes Over the Consumer VoIP Markets
RBOCs Try to Limit Damage, While Focusing On Video
The Canadian VoIP Market Takes Off
Central & South America
Regulatory Barriers to VoIP Favor ILECs
Broadband Penetration Lags
Broadband Wireless Access Taking Root
Regulatory Policies Pose Significant Challenges
Broadband Drives VoIP, but Mobile Dominance and Low PSTN Rates Impede Progress
Competition From Cable Operators Is Spotty
Incumbents Slow to Adopt VoIP
- Global VoIP Market Forecast
- Analysis and Strategies
VoIP Carrier Strategies
Phase 1: VoIP Long Distance
Phase 2: Primary-Line VoIP
Phase 3: VoIP Applications
- List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
Table 1. 2005 Total VoIP Subscribers by Geographic Region (in Thousands)
Table 2. 2005 European VoIP Subscribers and Revenue by Service Provider (Subscribers in Thousands, Revenue US$ in Thousands)
Table 3. VoIP Subscribers and Revenue In The Americas for Year-End 2005 (Subscribers in Thousands, Revenue US$ in Thousands)
Table 4. RBOC 12-Month Line Losses (in Millions)
Table 5. Year-End 2005 APAC VoIP Subscribers and Revenues (Subscribers in Thousands, Revenue US$ in Thousands)
Table 6. 2005–2009 Global VoIP Subscriber Forecast by Geographic Region (in Thousands)
Table 7. 2005–2009 Global VoIP Revenue Forecast by Geographic Region (US$ in Thousands)
Table 8. 2005 VoIP Subscribers as a Percentage of PSTN Main Lines By Region (in Thousands)
Table 9. 2005 VoIP Subscribers Worldwide (in Thousands)
List of Figures
Figure 1. 2005–2009 Global VoIP Subscriber Forecast by Geographic Region
Figure 2. Asia VoIP Traffic Growth (Millions of Minutes)
Figure 3. Worldwide VoIP Subscribers by Type of Service
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For years, the telecom industry has eagerly awaited for the arrival of the consumer VoIP market. The benefits and deficiencies of VoIP technology have been rigorously debated. In 2005, over 6.3 million consumers selected local VoIP telephony services worldwide. Despite an impressive 62% year-over-year subscriber growth rate, few consumers have ever heard of the term "VoIP". Rather than technology, factors such as regulatory policy and broadband competition are the primary VoIP market drivers. We forecast that by 2009, there will be 55 million VoIP subscribers worldwide, generating over US$17 billion in annual revenue.
This report examines current VoIP markets worldwide, including year-end 2005 subscribers and revenue by major carrier and region. Five-year subscriber and revenue forecasts by region are also presented. The three phases of VoIP market development are discussed in detail. These phases include: VoIP Long Distance, VoIP Primary Lines, and VoIP Applications. Multiple waves of new entrants, ranging from broadband ISPs and cable MSOs, to Google and eBay will play significant roles in the development of the VoIP-based consumer services. The report documents the challenges that ISPs, cable, mobile, and fixed-line carriers face to successfully implement strategies in a dynamic global VoIP market.