MOBILE VoIP could transform the mobile landscape as it moves beyond its initial function as a mechanism to get inexpensive international calls, reports In-Stat.
The technology can now be integrated into a unified mobile interface to social networking sites, or be utilized by mobile virtual network operators and 3G operators without legacy networks to more cost effectively add voice to data offerings. In yet another scenario, a few carriers are using a form of Mobile VoIP, UMA, to support better indoor coverage and off-load macro networks.
“Applications such as Skype and Vonage have influenced users to think of voice as a data application,” said In-Stat analyst Frank Dickson, in the press release. “The increasing penetration of Wi-Fi in mobile devices was the beach head that Mobile VoIP applications needed. As user habits are being shaped by rich on-line communication experiences, mobile carriers control over devices and data applications is waning. Mobile carrier attempts to slow the spread of on-line Mobile VoIP are proving challenging as well.”
The research report Mobile VoIP – Transforming the Future of Wireless Voice projects that by 2013, Mobile VoIP applications will generate annual revenues of $32.2 billion, driven by over 278 million registered users worldwide.
Recent research by In-Stat also found the following:
- Activities associated with early Mobile VoIP successes are likely to influence LTE operator voice plans in ways that potentially favor IMS.
- While the EMEA region has more Mobile VoIP related revenue currently, Asia Pacific will be the largest regional market by 2013.
- Dual-mode handsets will approach nearly 400 Million units shipped in 2013.
- Revenue and users associated with Mobile VoIP will be distributed among online Mobile VoIP services, 3G-Based Mobile VoIP offerings, and WiMAX/LTE Mobile VoIP offerings.