iLocus has released its 8th annual report on VoIP industry which contains several interesting statistical nuggets. Probably the most impressive is the estimate that 1,079 billion minutes of VoIP traffic were carried by service providers worldwide in 2006. That’s an awful lot of VoIP!
The study also looks at carriers and equipment vendors, and notes that 36.9 million Class 5 softswitch licenses, 34.8 million Class 4 softswitch licenses, and 48.2 million service provider media gateway ports were sold in the markets worldwide last year. Nortel leads the Class 5 softswitch market worldwide, followed by Siemens, and Huawei leads the Class 4 softswitch market. And if there was any doubt, the iLocus study confirms the growing predominance of IP-based PBX products today:
In the enterprise segment, the annual report reveals that in 2006 vendors shipped a total of about 18.3 million IP PBX end user licenses, and an estimated 8.5 million desktop IP phones. Desktop IP phone sales grew 38 percent over the previous year 2005, while the IPPBX market grew an impressive 52 percent year over year.