This annual report offers a wealth of information on the worldwide development of NGNs, IP and VoIP. Information on a regional level is also provided for the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The report includes analyses, statistics, trends and forecasts. It provides an overview of NGN development, with a focus on IP, including detailed information on the progress of VoIP. The report examines NGNs from an infrastructure perspective, including global telecoms capital expenditure. Information on the global outsourcing sector is also provided.
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A huge change is taking place in telecoms infrastructure, with the traditional telephone systems being replaced by an IP-based infrastructure. This will facilitate data communications and file transfers via networked computers. IP is now adapted for voice communications (VoIP) and most corporate users are on IP networks. However, the true value of IP is that it is becoming the core of the next generation public networks (NGNs), facilitating affordable triple play business models that seamlessly integrate voice, data and video. NGN projects are very complex in nature however, and due to this their progress still remains slow. For more information, see chapter 1, page 1.
Once NGNs are in place, there will be a major impact upon current infrastructures. Voice services will be placed under increasing pressure from VoIP and mobile communications will consolidate in mature markets but continue their spectacular growth in developing countries. Wireless broadband will also begin to challenge 3G, as it is much better suited for the delivery of mobile data, including Mobile VoIP. For more information, see chapter 1.2, page 11.
Fixed VoIP is becoming more prominent in corporate and government markets, due to the fact that good NGNs are already in place. In the residential market, VoIP has traditionally been viewed as a ‘hobby’ product linked to the Internet - but this appears to be slowly changing, with residential VoIP subscribers more than doubling in 2006. However, the real breakthrough for VoIP will be when NGN quality broadband networks are delivering triple play business models to the mass market. The uptake of VoIP will further reduce the revenues of telcos and add more pressure on them to seek new revenues streams. Separately VoIP will become an integral product offering in most Internet media products. For more statistics, see chapter 3.4, page 56.
The growing importance of e-commerce has led to a further key trend, where companies are moving away from building and/or maintaining their own networks, and outsourcing to NGN operators. With an increase in data services both in the business and the residential market, the market for outsourcing and other forms of external assistance will continue to grow. Based on convergence developments around IT and telecoms and driven by broadband, a significant growth in outsourcing starting to emerge. The overall outsourcing sector is expected to grow by around 8% in 2007. For more information on outsourcing, see chapter 4, page 63.
In recent times the telecom space has become a key focus for many of the IT vendors, and some services firms have developed specialist areas aimed at attracting and capturing telecoms outsourcing deals. Cost savings are still the major driver to outsource, but improvements in quality are increasingly becoming a key reason.
This report provides a global overview on the progression of NGNs, with a focus on IP/VoIP. It also includes information on the developments taking place regionally across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The report provides analyses, statistics, forecasts and trends.