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Developments in Voice and Messaging Services in Asia-Pacific, Forecast to 2023

Developments in Voice and Messaging Services in Asia-Pacific, Forecast to 2023

Voice and Messaging Services have evolved over the past few decades. In recent years, Over-the-Top (OTT) participants such as WeChat, WhatsApp, and LINE have introduced rich multimedia messaging services that SMS could not provide. These OTT applications have also granted users the ability to make international voice calls at a low cost or even for free compared to the traditional roaming plans they would have had to purchase from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The evolution of the voice and messaging services landscape in Asia-Pacific has caused MNOs in the region to lose market share to these participants with superior product offerings.

The introduction of Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) is an attempt by the GSM Association (GSMA) and MNOs to recapture voice revenue through the many advantages that these two products offer to users. Although the deployment of the IP Multimedia Substation (IMS) network—supporting infrastructure for VoLTE and VoWiFi—is costly, the investment is a necessary one for MNOs to compete with OTT participants.

Similarly, the Rich Communication Services (RCS) initiative by GSMA, subsequently supported by Google, was introduced for MNOs to offer rich media services directly to subscribers through native applications. While it may be difficult for MNOs to compete in the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) messaging market due to the stickiness of OTT applications, Application-to-Peer (A2P) remains a large and open market for MNOs, where they can leverage on RCS capabilities to provide a comprehensive suite of rich messaging services for the end user.

Voice and messaging Services in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% to reach US$217 billion by 2023. Growth will be largely driven by VoLTE and RCS messaging, which will be partially offset by the decline in legacy voice services as well as peer-to-peer SMS messaging.
The pressure of OTT participants in the voice and messaging services industry requires MNOs to further innovate and develop improved services for both Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Customer (B2C) communication. With the development of artificial intelligence, chatbots, and predictive analytics among other technologies, MNOs have the potential to offer more sophisticated services to consumers and thrive in this extremely competitive industry.

Companies mentioned in this study include, but are not limited to, U Mobile, China Mobile, Telkomsel, DTAC, Orange, T-Mobile, SK Telecom, Dialogic, Mavenir, Ribbon Communications, Google, Tencent (WeChat), WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype.

Key Issues Addressed
What are the current trends and developments in voice and messaging services in APAC?
What is the impact of OTT on MNOs?
Are new services such as VoLTE and RCS bringing back revenue to MNOs?
How big is the VoLTE and RCS market projected to be in APAC?
What is the future of traditional communication services provided by MNOs?


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Geographical Coverage
    • Scope of Report
    • VoLTE Deployments in APAC
    • VoWiFi Deployments in APAC
    • RCS Deployments in APAC
    • Key Questions This Report Will Answer
  • Market Overview
    • Evolution of Voice Technology
    • Evolution of Messaging Services
    • Impact of OTT on MNOs
  • Voice Services Market
    • VoLTE (Packet-Switched Voice) Network
    • VoLTE-Technology and Architecture
    • VoLTE-Benefits of Adoption
    • VoLTE-Take-up Rate by MNOs Still Low
    • VoLTE Deployments in APAC
    • VoWiFi-Technology and Architecture
    • VoWiFi-Benefits of Adoption
    • Voice in Mission Critical Services
    • Voice in OTT Applications-VoIP Technology
    • Migration of Voice and Messaging Services Network
    • Voice and Messaging-Dialogic Inc.
    • Voice and Messaging-Mavenir
    • Voice and Messaging-Ribbon Communications
      • Table Ribbon Communications' Non-GAAP Revenue and EBITDA, Global, 2016-2017*
    • OTT Voice and Messaging-Summary of Impact on MNOs
    • Voice and Messaging-WhatsApp
    • Voice and Messaging-Skype
    • Voice and Messaging-LINE
    • Voice and Messaging-WeChat
  • Messaging Services Market
    • Rich Communication Services
    • Key RCS Milestones
    • RCS Use Cases
    • Messaging as a Platform
    • MaaP Billing Model
  • Forecast and Trends -Total Voice and Messaging Services Market
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Total APAC Voice Services Market-Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total Voice Services Market: Revenue Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
    • Total APAC Messaging Services Market-Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total Messaging Services Market: Revenue Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
    • Total APAC Voice and Messaging Services Market-Trends
  • Future of Traditional Communication Services
    • Voice and Messaging-Regulatory and Standards Updates
    • Future of Voice Services and Evolution of Competitive Landscape
  • Growth Opportunities
    • Growth Opportunity 1-Offer Mobile-first UCaaS
    • Growth Opportunity 2-Strategic Partnership with OTT Players
    • Growth Opportunity 3-Offer CPaaS based on WebRTC
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • The Last Word
    • Conclusions and Recommendations
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Acronyms

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