Improved technology solutions have led to a robust VoIP market in recent years and this growth continues despite the economic downturn, due primarily to the fact that VoIP offers a cheaper alternative. While security and reliability concerns still need to be resolved; consumers and business are turning to VoIP in an effort to save costs. Japan, France and the USA continue to be some of the world's hottest markets for IP telephony. Over the last couple years, Europe has also become a prime innovator in VoIP services, whether stand-alone, bundled as a triple play offer, or through fixed-mobile convergence packages.
This unique BuddeComm Intelligence report provides key industry information and statistics on the worldwide fixed VoIP market; mobile VoIP market and VoLTE developments including supporting country case studies where applicable.
Mobile VoIP is becoming a key area of focus, particularly in Europe and North America; In 2013 Facebook launched an initial VoIP service for its Facebook Messenger app; VoIP providers continue to look at the international long distance call segment for future growth opportunities; One of the other challenges for the VoIP market is establishing the extent to which it can and should be regulated; An emerging trend is seeing popular mobile messaging apps turn towards their attention towards the desk-top messaging and video call sector, threatening existing players like Skype; VoLTE services are expected to grow slowly on a global level as it is based on an emerging technology and not yet a focus for many operators.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Skype; NTT; France Telecom; Comcast; Facebook VoIP; GoogleTalk; Vonage; other VoIP players.
Statistical information includes:
Worldwide VoIP subscriber base; Top ten countries by VoIP subscribers; Regional VoIP subscriber market share; Worldwide VoIP services market value; Worldwide registered users of Skype;
France - End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector; France- Proportion of fixed lines by technology;
Japan - Fixed-line subscribers by technology.