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IP Multimedia Subsystem market set to soar, says ABI Research

Twelve months ago, ABI Research described IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as a jet engine that would power telecom ma...


June 7, 2006  


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Twelve months ago, ABI Research described IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as a jet engine that would power telecom markets to a new level.

A year later, that assessment still holds true, and IMS is on the verge of commercial reality. According to a new study, fixed and mobile network operators will invest a total of US$10.1 billion in IMS capital infrastructure over the next five years.

This will yield a significant payoff, both in reduction of operating expenses and in the creation of new revenue from IP-based services. Worldwide, ABI Research forecasts that operators will generate US$49.6 billion in service revenue from IMS-enabled applications in 2011.

“Rich voice services will represent the lion’s share of IMS ARPU for fixed networks, but mobile operators will deploy a greater diversity of services over the next few years, including push-to-talk, interactive games, Web browsing, rich voice, streaming content, and instant multimedia messaging,” says ABI Research analyst Ian Cox.

“In the past year we have seen concrete progress on formulating IMS migration strategies, including voice call continuity between fixed and mobile networks and integrating PBX features into the standards.”

Cox added that progress is also being made on integrating IMS and Web-based services and developing secure and reliable charging solutions for complex user sessions.