IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 04 2005

1. Infonetics Releases Studies on PBX, VoCable, and VoIP Markets
Infonetics Research has released a series of quarterly studies on different telecom market segments including PBX, VoCable, VoIP equipment, and Wi-Fi VoIP handsets. Enterprise Telephony tracks TDM PBX/KTS systems and hybrid and pure IP PBX systems in North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, CALA, and worldwide.

The firm finds the worldwide PBX/KTS market grew 8% to $1.7 billion between 3Q04 and 4Q04, and jumped 16% between 4Q03 to 4Q04. Annual PBX/KTS system revenue grew 11% between 2003 and 2004, from $5.5 to $6.1 billion, and is expected to grow to $9.1 billion by 2008, representing a 5-year CAGR of 10%. The number of PBX/KTS lines shipped worldwide grew to 26.6 million in 2004, 19% higher than in 2003. The leading suppliers of IP PBX/KTS systems were Alcatel, Nortel, Avaya, Cisco, and Mitel. Hybrid PBXs accounted for 54% of PBX line shipments in 2004, and are projected to account for 70% by 2008. Pure IP PBXs accounted for 10% of PBX line shipments in 2004, and are projected to reach 20% by 2008.

Companies tracked in this report include 3Com, Aastra, Alcatel, Avaya, Cisco, EADS, ESI, Mitel, NEC, Nortel, ShoreTel, Siemens, Sphere, Swyx, Toshiba, Vertical Networks, and Zultys. Cable VoIP Equipment Market Outlook tracks cable broadband and cable VoIP subscribers, media gateways, media servers, session border controllers, softswitches, voice application servers, and EMTAs, providing annual equipment revenue and subscriber forecasts through 2007.

The firm finds the number of cable VoIP subscribers in North America jumped 900% from less than 50,000 in 2003 to nearly 500,000 in 2004 (more than 90% attributed to 2 MSOs), while cable broadband subscribers grew 26%, from 17.7 million to 22.4 million. North American cable companies increased their investments in VoIP equipment from $63 million in 2003 to $123 million in 2004. Infonetics expects VoCable penetration to increase from 2% in 2004 to 15% in 2007. Service Provider Next Gen Voice Equipment tracks VoIP subscribers, media servers, session border controllers, media gateways (including RAC VoIP gateways, ATM switch voice gateways, and packet voice gateways), voice application servers, softswitches, and class 5 packet switches. Forecasts are updated quarterly and cover all regions (worldwide, North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and CALA).

According to the company, worldwide service provider next gen voice product revenue totaled $1.71 billion in 2004, a 36% gain over 2003. Revenues are projected to reach $5.9 billion in 2008, a 5-year CAGR of 36%. Subscribers to residential/SOHO VoIP services in North America are expected to grow from 1.1 million in 2004 to 17.4 million by 2008.

Sonus was recognized as the worldwide media gateway market share leader with 16% share in 2004, trailed by Cisco. Nortel led the softswitch market for 2004 and for both class 4 and class 5 applications.

The 2004 geographic breakdown for total next gen voice products was: 48% North America, 19% EMEA, 28% Asia Pacific, and 5% CALA. Companies tracked in this report include Acme Packet, Alcatel, AudioCodes, BayPackets, Broadsoft, CIRPACK, Cisco, Convedia, CopperCom, Ericsson, Huawei, IP Unity, Italtel, Jasomi, Kagoor, LongBoard, Lucent, Marconi, MetaSwitch, Mera, NetCentrex, Netrake, NexTone, Nortel, Pactolus, Sansay, sentitO, Siemens, Sonus, Sylantro, Tekelec, Ubiquity, UTStarcom, Veraz, and Xener.

Infonetics Research
http://www.infonetics.com

3. Qovia’s VoIP Mgmt Included in NEC’s Converged SMB Solution
NEC Unified Solutions has added Qovia’s VMMS VoIP monitoring and management system to its Electra Elite IPK converged enterprise and SMB voice and data system. Qovia’s technology provides admin and discovery tools, call quality and UPS monitoring, active packet testing, configuration management, real time notification and remote access.

NEC Unified Solutions
http://www.necunified.com

Qovia
http://www.qovia.com

5. e164.info Introduces VoIP ENUM Tree for Carriers
e164.info has introduced a centralized VoIP ENUM tree to be used to distribute E.164 numbers and other routing information between ITSPs. Participating carriers will maintain their private ENUM trees collected through DNS zone transfers and merged into a single tree. The merged tree will be distributed back to all peers through DNS mechanisms, while honoring policies posted by participating peers.

Currently, the company has 100 million phone numbers in its database, provided by 14 service providers. The numbers are spread over 8 countries and 160,000 dialing prefixes. The most prominent member carriers include Callme.se, e-fon.ch, Magrathea Telecom, Musimi.d, MS Networks, Sipgate, and SIPphone.

e164.info
http://www.e164.info


7. Superconnect Unveils VoIP Monitoring Technology
Superconnect has introduced VoIP Aware, a VoIP monitoring application that directly polls data from CPE as well as analyzes real time traffic. Data is presented in live reports, trend reports, graphs, and alarms.

Superconnect
http://www.superconnect.com

9. CT Labs Enhances Telecom Testing Facility
CT Labs, an independent laboratory for testing VoIP infrastructure equipment, has enhanced its facilities by supporting tests in an ultra high density (UHD) environment. The lab is now capable of scaling up to 100,000 VoIP endpoints, supporting SIP, H.323, MGCP, MEGACO and other next gen protocols across both TDM and IP networks.

Service providers and manufacturers can use the facilities to conduct functional, interoperability, conformance, regression, performance and scalability testing. The lab enables real-time validation of speech quality at maximum call rates. For functionality testing, the labs now support full verification of call handling applications such as voice messaging, conferencing, IVR, and other media server applications, concurrently with UHD verification of call handling performance. Calls from highly scalable VoIP and TDM call generation platforms can be intermixed with UHD test call loads to very specific application performance under peak traffic conditions.

CT Labs
http://www.ct-labs.com

11. VocalTec Facing Possible Nasdaq Delisting
VocalTec Communications has received a notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market indicating that the company is not in compliance with the $10 million minimum stockholders’ equity requirement and risks being delisted. VocalTec has responded by submitting a plan to achieve and sustain compliance. If Nasdaq does not accept the plan, it may issue a delisting notice and in such event the company has said it will consider other alternatives such as a listing on the Nasdaq Small Cap Market.

VocalTec Communications
http://www.vocaltec.com

Nasdaq
http://www.nasdaq.com

13. Marcatel Using Sonus to Offer Businesses VoIP Service in Mexico
Marcatel, a carrier in Mexico with 35,000 business customers, will deploy Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch and Insignus softswitch to deliver VoIP services to businesses and cable operators in Mexico. The first phase of the deployment will begin in Monterrey.

Marcatel
http://www.marcatel.com

Sonus Networks
http://www.sonusnet.com

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