|Wireless IP phones key for VoIP Markets|
Posted: 16-Aug-2005 [Source: In-Stat]
[In-Stat releases new report projecting consumer VoIP subscribers using wireless IP phones to grow from the current 2% to 73% in 2009.]
In both business and consumer markets, widespread adoption of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) depends on the availability of wireless VoIP handsets, reports In-Stat. Dual-mode cellular/WiFi handsets will be the key driver to mass consumer adoption of VoIP, the high-tech market research firm said. By 2009, In-Stat forecasts that more than 66 million cellular/WiFi handsets will be in operation.
"Wireless high-speed broadband access, unified messaging, video, and dual-network cellular/WiFi services are making the mobile triple play a consumer market reality," said Keith Nissen, In-Stat analyst. "The key to successfully capturing the market for these next-generation personalized services is control of the end-point device."
A recent report by In-Stat found the following:
* Worldwide, consumer VoIP subscribers using wireless IP phones will grow from 2% currently to 73% in 2009.
* Based on competition from mobile carriers without wireline operations, Europe will be the largest initial market for dual-mode smartphones.
* While mass production of dual-mode sets is not scheduled until 2007, an In-Stat market survey found that more than 80% of businesses have an interest in the technology.
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