Vonage’s trials and tribulations not withstanding, the Voice over IP market is booming, and that bodes well for start-ups like Veraz Networks and BroadSoft, likely to go public later this year.
Carriers, big and small, are spending liberally on VoIP equipment – $3.3 billion in 2006 which is up 32% from 2005 – according to Campbell, California-based market research firm, Infonetics Research. They predict that the market for next generation voice and IMS will more than double by 2010 to $6.9 billion.
Infonetics’ principal analyst Stéphane Téral believes that the five year outlook for the market is good and it will help start-ups like BroadSoft and Veraz Networks who are likely to go public soon. Acme Packet was one of the more successful telecom-related offerings during 2006.
• Softswitches accounted for about $2.8 billion of the total $3.3 billion.
• Nortel had 20% of the total softswitch market, followed by Cisco and Siemens respectively.
• Media gateways ales went up 32% in 2006, while session border controller demand increased 66% in 2006.
• Acme Packet leads in the fast-growing SBC segment.
• BroadSoft leads in voice application servers