IP Telephony news wrap-up for Feb 6 – 2007

iLocus has released The Impact of FMC on World Telecommunications Markets, a detailed study of the FMC market that covers market drivers, inhibitors, trends, stats and projections, vendor profiles, select market profiles by country, cases studies, and a discussion of specific business opportunities for both fixed operators and cellular providers.

The firm finds that U.S. cellular operates will lose $3.3 billion a year by 2011 due to FMC and to thwart the influence, cell providers would need to maintain a 61% market share in FMC-based services. In the UK, iLocus finds that cell operators will lose $1.3 billion a year by 2011. The report analyzes the impact of FMC in 12 countries including the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, India, and South Korea.

The magnitude of the impact is measured by several factors such as the projection of WiFi access spot penetration, FMC market share, and the calling patterns of cell phone subscribers in a given country.

iLocus estimates FMC subscriptions to be approximately 436,000 at the end of 2006. Alcatel is recognized as the leading vendor for the market both in UMA and VCC/pre-IMS deployments. In UMA, Kineto is the second leading supplier followed by Ericsson. In VCC/pre-IMS, NewStep is the second leading provider followed by Convergin.

Globally, there are more than 250 FMC trials being conducted.

This study profiles a large selection of vendors including Accuris, Alcatel, Arris, Azaire, BridgePort, Centile, Cicero, Convergin, DiVitas, FirstHand, Kineto, Mavenir, Comverse, NewStep, Outsmart Telecom, Personeta, Reefpoint, Sonus, Stoke, Tatara, Telegrupp, Tekelec, and UTStarcom.

A soft copy of the publication along with multi-site/multi-user licenses is available for $2,200.

The Impact of FMC on World Telecommunications Markets
Light Reading has released a couple of new market studies including one on VoIM and another on FMC.

Voice over IM: The Next VoIP Disrupter, analyzes the emergence of VoIM, addressing issues that are affect its growth including targeting a customer base, developing recurring revenue streams, determining the ways to drive customer usage, and most importantly, achieving interoperability among the various service providers. The report also examines VoIM as a viable application as well as factors that differentiate the service providers.

Companies covered in the study include AOL, Apple, Cerulean, EarthLink, Google, ICQ, IMVU, Jabber, Meebo, Microsoft, Paltalk, SIPphone, Skype, Talkster, VoxLib and Yahoo.

The very short 13-page publication is available in PDF format for $900.

3G Home Base Stations: Femto Cells & FMC for the Masses identifies market opportunities for femto cell technology and analyzes the product strategies and roadmaps of nearly 20 providers of home base stations. Companies profiled in the report include Airvana, AirWalk, Alcatel-Lucent, Andrew, Ericsson, ip.access, Motorola, NEC, Nokia-Siemens, PicoChip, RadioFrame, Samsung, and Ubiquisys.

The firm finds that vendors claim femto cells will be $100 by the end of 2008, but Light Reading expects the price to be between $200-$300. The leading technology innovators are recognized as 3Way, AirWalk, ip.access, PicoChip, RadioFrame, and Ubiquisys. The most advanced femto development programs among major equipment vendors are identified as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericcson, NEC, and Samsung. Huawei, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens and ZTE are expected to enter the market by working with OEM partners.

Of the technology route, Light Reading expects collapsed stack femto designs to become more adopted than RAN based architectures in the medium term.

The Femto Cell/FMC publication is available for $900

Light Reading
ABI Research has released Residential IP Telephony, a study that provides an overiew of the consumer VoIP market as delivered by facilities based operators across the world. The report examines the market driver and challenges as well as identifies 350 relationships between vendors and service providers.

ABI finds that residential VoIP subscriptions will reach 267 million by 2012. The firm attributes Europe’s progress to BT and Japan’s wide adoption of VoIP to SoftBank.

ABI Research
Dell’Oro Group has released its five year forecast report on the IP telephony carrier industry. The report tracks manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, license/channel shipments for softswitches and media gateways. Breakouts are provided for low, medium and high density gateways.

The firm released very litte of its findings. The company did state that Asia Pacific will be the strongest regional performer over the next 5 years, led by countries such as China and Japan.

Dell’Oro Group
Atlantic ACM has released Business VoIP Revolution 2007-2012: The Opportunity. The Market. The Players, a study of the global enterprise VoIP market that analyzes the marketplace, identifies drivers and obstacles, and provides case studies, current market stats and projections over the next 5 years.

The firm finds enterprise VoIP and IP VPN service revenue will grow from $6.4 billion in 2006 to $15 billion in 2012.

Atlantic ACM
Vonage has required that its equipment providers pay a fee to join the Univerisity of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab’s VoIP Consortium and have gear intended for use by Vonage certified to be compatible with its service by the UNH-IOL. The lab will provide vendors with detailed, confidential test reports pinpointing bugs and weakness in their devices.

Integrated Research has passed compliance testing through the Avaya DeveloperConnection Program and its Prognosis monitoring and diagnostics software is now officially compliant with Avaya’s Communication Manager (v3.0.x and 3.1.x), PBXs (S8700, S8710, S8720, S8500, and S8300), media gateways (G700, G650, G450, G350, G250 and G150), and IP phones (46xx and 96xx).

Prognosis provides visibility into large enterprise deployments enabling the monitoring, diagnosis, and troubleshooting of voice traffic in real-time. The technology tracks system performance and usage over time and generates reports that detail trends related to capacity as well as identify expenditures and predict future investment requirements.

Prognosis has been compatible with Cisco’s CallManager for several years. Last November, Integrated Research announced that it would be developing Prognosis versions for networking equipment supplied by Avaya, Alcatel, and Nortel.

Integrated Research
AudioCodes has enhanced its IPmedia media servers (models 3000, 5000, and 8000) to support MPEG4/H.263 video, transcoding and streaming hundreds of video ports per blade. The new video capability will enable service providers and NEPs to deliver video conferencing, video messaging over MMS and downloading of video clips and content. The video element will also support person to person and service to person video streaming of content.

The media servicers will support transcoding and transrating for many types of end devices over cellular, WiFi and fixed networks.

In other news, AudioCodes said it has exercised its option to acquire all outstanding shares of CTI Squared, a small Isreal-based provider of messaging and communications platforms. AudioCodes had acquired 10% of the company last year for $1 million in a deal that offered it the option to acquire the entire company for $10 million a year later. The terms call for AudioCodes to pay out $5 million in cash by the end of the month and to pay the remaining $5 million by March of next year.

CTI Squared has 30 employees. In addition to messaging and conferencing, the company also develops products for web/IPTV advertising and T-Commerce.

CTI Squared
TalkSwitch has introduced 244vs, a hybrid IP/PSTN PBX that supports 2 incoming PSTN lines, 4 VoIP trunks, and 4 local extensions. The extensions can be configured as analog or IP and call handling can be customized. In its standard configuration, the 244vs is available for $995.

The PBX system can be scaled. Each individual unit can be upgraded to a maximum size of 4 PSTN lines, 4 VoIP trunks and 8 local extensions. Up to 4 units can be networked together for a maximum system size of 16 PSTN lines, 16 VoIP trunks and 32 extensions.

BorderWare has introduced SIPassure, a SIP security gateway that combines the features of a SBC with a traditional firewall and application layer gateway. The technology can run on Solaris or Linux.

BorderWare’s OEM partners include LignUp, Mitel, and Marconi.

Voxbone has launched a new SIP trunking service, in addition to adding support for Asterisk, deploying a termination PoP in New York, expanding its origination and DID provisioning services to 10 new countries, and reporting its client base had grown over 500% over 2006 and its revenues had shot up 450% over the period.

Voxbone has established a strong presence in the VoIP market, providing origination and DID numbers to 4,000 cities representing all but 3 countries in Europe. This year, the company plans to expand its services into Asia/Pacific and South America.

Azaire Networks has introduced IP-CNP, an IMS/SIP-VCC based FMC solution that supports the delivery of voice and SIP applications across WiFi and cellular networks. The IP-CNP is driven by an IMS application server, known as the SCN-VCC 5000, which enables the seamless switch-off of services between network infrastructures.

Security for the IP-CNP is based on 3GPP IWLAN, which specifies use of more initials such as EAP-SIM/EAP-AKA and IPsec/IKEv2. It also provides access to existing and new mobile packet mode services. VCC enables the handoff between WLAN packet access and macro circuit switched cellular networks.

Azaire Networks

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