Session Border Controller Sales Increase as Wireless Networks Expand
There is some positive news for the Session Border Controller market. Sales of SBC, IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) (IMS) Core, and Voice Application Server (VAS) systems increased 26 percent when comparing two recent years, according to a report from the Dell'Oro Group.
It was also shown that more wireless network construction is a key to the increase.
"Wireless network construction activities are now a major driver to Session Border Controller sales,” Chris DePuy, vice president of Carrier IP Telephony research at Dell' (News - Alert)Oro Group, said in a statement. “As wireless projects have emerged from the planning stage and have begun generating vendor revenue, it is clear that service providers have been broadening their supplier relationships for critical carrier voice equipment such as the SBC.”
In his report, TMCnet’s Steve Anderson notes that there has been “explosive growth” in the mobile hardware sector, with tablets and smartphones being prime examples. Therefore, companies find they have to build out wireless networks, he explains. That build-out in turn impacts markets for session border controllers and small cells.
On the other hand, Carrier IP Telephony market revenues dropped 12 percent when comparing year to year, according to the Dell’Oro Group Carrier IP Telephony Quarterly Report.
It totaled close to $1.4 billion. Carrier IP Telephony includes devices employed with circuit switched subscribers and Voice over IP (VoIP) subscribers. Anderson suspects the growing interest in WebRTC (real time communications) could be leading to that trend. It could be a temporary condition, however, Anderson says, because during Q2 there was an increase in Carrier VoIP and IMS markets. It was caused by more spending on Voice over LTE (News - Alert) (VoLTE).
Edited by Alisen Downey