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Over 250 million VoIP users over 3G mobile networks by 2012, new report says

A new research study from Disruptive Analysis shows that evolution of mobile VoIP will rapidly eclipse voice over W...


November 13, 2007  


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A new research study from Disruptive Analysis shows that evolution of mobile VoIP will rapidly eclipse voice over Wi-Fi and become a mainstream form of communication.

The analyst firm predicts that the number of VoIPo3G users could grow from virtually zero in 2007 to over 250 million by the end of 2012. This is comfortably in excess of the expected number of FMC users with dual-mode VoWLAN/cellular phones.

The report demonstrates that it will be the operators themselves, which will be mainly responsible for the push towards VoIP being carried over cellular networks.

Carriers will become increasingly attracted to VoIPo3G because it will enable them to fit more phone calls into their scarce spectrum allocations, reduce operating expenses by combining fixed and mobile core networks, and launch new services such as push-to-talk and voice-integrated “mashups.”

Future generations of wireless technology — 3GPP LTE (Long Term Evolution), 3GPP2 UMB (Ultra Mobile Broadband), Wi-Max — are all-IP, so unless mobile operators continue to run separate voice networks in parallel, they will inevitably transition to VoIP at some point, the firm said in a release.