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2006 Australia - NGN, VoIP and IPTV


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Next Generation Networks (NGN) are a concept developed from Virtual Private Networks (VPN) in the voice market and Value Added Networks (VAN) in the data market. However the true value of IP is that it becomes the core of Nextgen Networks which facilitate affordable triple play business models, seamlessly integrating voice, data and video. This report also covers:-

NGN & IP Newtworks market overview and analysis
VoIP - Statistical overview, analysis and projects
IPTV regulations and developments
Technology overview on IP, VoIP and VoD


Next Generation Networks (NGN) & IP Networks
Next Generation Networks (NGN) are a concept developed from Virtual Private Networks (VPN) in the voice market and Value Added Networks (VAN) in the data market. However the true value of IP is that it becomes the core of Nextgen Networks which facilitate affordable triple play business models, seamlessly integrating voice, data and video. While VPNs originated in the voice market and have become a core element of many enterprise networks, they are increasingly based on IP technologies and available from a growing list of service providers. This report also covers new developments in VPLS.

IP wholesale opportunities
Very much like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), IPTV is an attractive proposition for ISPs to generate more revenue. With basic margins on access services going down, there is a need for these companies to move further into the value-added services that attract higher margins. There is a whole new market around the corner for IP-based wholesale services. Companies such as engine and Freshtel are already active in the VoIP wholesale market, and Reeltime is launching its services in the IPTV wholesale market. These IP-based markets are highly specialised and comprise services that most ISPs find very hard to deliver.

NGN in the Corporate market
More and more business processes are moving online. They vary from bill payments to e-ticketing and customer self-help services. Often changes are starting upstream in the business chain. There is often significant business pressure for those downstream to become involved and the recent developments in broadband are certainly speeding up this process. Close to 50% of SMEs connected to the Internet are now using broadband. Once these systems are in place, new applications can be added at relatively low costs and this often leads to a significant increase in new sales, as customers like the online convenience.

Wireless IP
Providers worldwide are gearing up to deliver mobile wireless IP over their cellular networks. Their services will boast standards-based Internet access available at speeds and prices that rival terrestrial telecommunications - and they’ll redefine the way companies do business. Remote users will start relying solely on wireless access to the corporate intranet. Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) will crop up in public places and eventually PDAs and cell-phones will be sold with integral microbrowsers that enable users to get online anywhere, anytime. With the World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) standard in place low cost consumer devices will become available from 2007, they will become a real threat to the mobile operators as WiMAX potentially also can offer VoIP services at a fraction of the costs as mobile calls.

VoIP - overview, statistics, analyses and projects
VoIP, an application running on NGNs, has already started to gain traction in the market, but as a standalone Internet based product it is unlikely to become a replacement for fixed-line telephony. New DSL based broadband networks are now rapidly moving into triple play business models, delivering voice, data and video services; DSL TV is one of the new emerging disruptive technologies. Statistical overviews and analyses of the VoIP industry in Australia are provided in this report. It also highlights the market problems and business opportunities.

Projects have evolved in two major markets - backbone infrastructure development and applications based desktop developments. This report covers players including: AAPT, AT & T, BigAir, BroadIP, Chariot, Clarinet, Engin, Freshtel, IINetphone, Optus, PBA, PowerTel, Soul, Talknet, Telecorp, Telstra, Unwired.

Broadband TV
New DSL based-broadband networks are now rapidly moving into triple play business models, delivering voice, data and video services; IPTV is one of the new emerging disruptive technologies. While IPTV is much more than Video-on-Demand (VoD), movie downloading does exhibit good potential on the new information and entertainment superhighways, while the vested interests involved have been making it rather difficult to come up with workable models, cracks started to appear in 2006. But there is still far too much conflict of interest between the key players in this market.

1. NGN & IP NETWORKS
1.1 Market overview
1.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
1.1.2 IP - enhanced services
1.1.3 IP wholesale opportunities
1.1.4 Corporate Market
1.1.5 Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS)
1.1.6 Tips for successful video over IP
1.2 Market analysis
1.2.1 ACCC needs to facilitate NGN industry workgroup
1.2.2 Market Analysis - Mid 2006
1.2.3 Internet economy requires NGNs - now
1.2.4 IP Developments
1.2.5 Convergence, Telecoms and IT
1.3 Major players
1.3.1 The Australian NGN market
1.3.2 Major players
2. VOIP MARKET
2.1 Statistical overview
2.1.1 ISPs push into voice market
2.1.2 VoIP good growth but no money
2.1.3 Switch to VoIP - survey 2006
2.1.4 Survey reveals businesses are unprepared for VoIP security threats
2.1.5 The ACCC on VoIP
2.1.6 Residential market
2.1.7 VoIP can slash phone bills by $500
2.1.8 Forecast from IDC - 2004/05
2.1.9 Managed network services
2.1.10 IT and telecoms no happy convergence
2.2 Market analyses
2.2.1 VoIP quality deteriorating, but who cares? I do!
2.2.2 Is there a strategy behind Telstra’s bucket plan?
2.2.3 VoIP over-hyped
2.2.4 VoIP - a case of evolution, rather than revolution
2.2.5 Major battleground: SME market
2.2.6 Regulatory issues
2.3 Projects
2.3.1 AAPT
2.3.2 AT&T
2.3.3 Bigair - Business-grade VoIP
2.3.4 Broadband Phone
2.3.5 BroadIP
2.3.6 Clarinet
2.3.7 Country Energy - VoIP over BPL
2.3.8 engin - Broadband telephony
2.3.9 Freshtel, Firefly, WCG
2.3.10 iiNetphone
2.3.11 ISPhone
2.3.12 iVox carrier-grade VoIP wholesaler
2.3.13 Neighborhood Cable
2.3.14 Newsnet.com
2.3.15 Optus - Wholesale VoIP
2.3.16 PBA - VoiP over wireless
2.3.17 Pipe Networks - VoIP peering
2.3.18 PowerTel introduces wholesale VoIP business network
2.3.19 Primus Telecom
2.3.20 smartMeeting
2.3.21 SP Telemedia
2.3.22 TalkNet
2.3.23 Telecorp’s VoIP over broadband
2.3.24 Telstra initiatives
2.3.25 Unwired and Freshtel - wireless VoIP
2.3.26 Australian VoIP Association (AVoIPA)
3. IPTV MARKET
3.1 IPTV: Australia ain’t America
3.2 Are you ready for the IPTV explosion?
3.3 Regulations
3.3.1 IPTV and unbundled local loop (ULL)
3.3.2 IPTV Content regulations?
3.3.3 Video streaming regulation
3.4 Movies Downloading
3.4.1 Starting with Video-on-Demand (VoD)
3.4.2 Primary target markets - statistics
3.5 IPTV developments
3.5.1 Introduction
3.5.2 Demand forecasts
3.5.3 Global perspective
3.6 Tips for successful video over IP
3.7 Key players (separate report)
4. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEWS
4.1 Limitations of IPv4
4.1.1 IPv4 - the current TCP/IP version
4.1.2 Address space
4.1.3 NAT - Network Address Translation
4.1.4 Addressing difficulties for Mobile Devices
4.1.5 Security
4.1.6 Quality of Service
4.2 IPv6 and Next Generation Networks
4.2.1 Introduction
4.2.2 IPv4 and IPv6
4.2.3 The Telcos’ Next Generation Network
4.2.4 MPLS-based telco and corporate ‘NextGen’ networks
4.3 Telephony and Voice over IP
4.3.1 VOIP - Voice over Internet Protocol
4.3.2 Internet telephony
4.3.3 VOIP on private networks
4.3.4 Comparing the Internet and the telephone network
4.4 Streaming media and conferencing
4.4.1 Streaming video and audio
4.4.2 Unidirectional and bidirectional streaming
4.4.3 Video-on-demand and bandwidth restrictions
4.4.4 Open-standard streaming systems
4.4.5 Proprietary streaming systems
4.4.6 File download vs. server streaming
4.4.7 Commercial aspects of proprietary systems
4.5 Video-on-Demand
4.5.1 VoD History and futures
4.5.2 VoD system functionality
4.5.3 Impact of VoD on media industries
4.5.4 VoD system requirements
4.5.5 QoS and specialised routers/switches
4.5.6 IP multicasting
4.5.7 Triple Play for differing access networks
5. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
Exhibit 1 - ITU definition of Next Generation Network
Exhibit 2 - IP-based enhanced services
Exhibit 3 - Overview of key players
Exhibit 4 - Telstra’s NGN planned implementation time-line
Exhibit 5 - Nextgen’s VPLS network
Exhibit 6 - BuddeComm VoIP quality survey
Exhibit 7 - VoIP issues
Exhibit 8 - BroadIP price plans
Exhibit 9 - Westpac one of the largest VoIP rollouts
Exhibit 10 - IPTV Applications
Exhibit 11 - Contrasts between the telephone network and the Internet
Exhibit 12 - Adoption of digital broadband technologies


Table 1 - Key findings IP survey - 2002 - 2004
Table 2 - Total NGN (VAN/VPN) market revenues - 1991 - 2007
Table 3 - Total capex - 1998 - 2000; 2004 - 2006
Table 4 - Key suppliers to the Telstra systems and infrastructure overhaul
Table 5 - Unwired/Freshtel pricing

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