Infonetics: WiMAX, VoIP, IMS, routers, switches shined in ‘07
The WiMAX market, sales of service provider VoIP and IMS equipment, and sales of service provider routers and switches all shined in 2007, according to recent reports from Infonetics Research .
In the fourth quarter of 2007, the WiMAX market grew 11 percent sequentially and 46 percent year-over-year, with worldwide sales of fixed and mobile WiMAX equipment nearly reaching $800 million.
WiMAX is currently deployed in more than 80 countries, and commercial networks will continue to grow in number and size this year. Infonetics expects the WiMAX market to grow to $7.7 billion by 2011.
“Several recent developments are giving a boost to the WiMAX market,” said Richard Webb, wireless analyst for Infonetics. “Among the most significant developments: Cisco’s acquisition of mobile WiMAX vendor Navini Networks, the market entrance of specialist ASN gateway vendor WiChorus, the launch of WiMAX phones and Ultra Mobile PCs, and the new Open WiMAX initiative, which promotes disruptive, all-IP open WiMAX architecture, and should lead to best-of-breed solutions with inter-vendor interoperability.”
The sales of service provider VoIP and IMS equipment also saw a profitable 2007. In the fourth quarter, sales increased 19 percent year-over-year, to more than $3.9 billion.
Voice-over-broadband continued to be the top application driving service providers to invest in VoIP and IMS networking equipment.
“The overall next-gen voice equipment market is maturing, as evidenced by single-digit annual sales growth in traditional equipment such as media gateways and softswitches, but other types of equipment – namely session border controllers, media servers and voice application servers – will generally grow faster for the next five years,” said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics.
“As we are starting the fourth year of a global telecom investment cycle and leaning toward a plateau, the overall next-gen voice equipment will likely weather a slowdown starting in 2010 or 2011, buoyed by strong IMS core equipment sales.”
And the worldwide sales of service provider routers and switches totaled $11.2 billion in 2007, up 16 percent year-over-year and marking an all-time high for routers and switches.
“The common drivers pushing the carrier router and switch market upward are: 1) the ongoing migration to next-generation networks based on IP, MPLS and Ethernet; and 2) growth in consumer broadband, corporate, IP video and mobile data traffic,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics. “Of course, the traffic jams are being caused by user applications, like music and video downloading, YouTube clips (even corporations are using YouTube for marketing videos), online news and social networks like MySpace.”
Cisco’s router and switch sales were up 20 percent year-over-year, and Juniper’s  were up 25 percent, Infonetics said.
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