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VoIP subscribers triple to 2.9 crore in 2011

Posted: 11 Jan 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile  VoIP  smartphone  market report 

Market analyst In-Stat reports that active mobile VoIP subscriber rates tripled in 2011 to about 2.9 crore, from just 90 lakh in 2010. This increase is said to result from increased smartphone penetration and a growing number of services being offered by service providers and mobile operators.

Amy Cravens, senior analyst, In-Stat, notes that "While VoIP is a well-defined market, mobile VoIP is still in its infancy, with most offerings only being developed over the past several years, and because it's in its nascent stage, there are significant opportunities for companies to develop the market." She warns, however, that "There are also a number of uncertainties, which is not surprising in a new market."

Other findings of the report include the finding that the primary distribution channel used by respondents to access mobile VoIP offerings is through the OS application store. Also, the largest concentration of mobile VoIP users is in Western Europe.

Looking forward, LTE operators are not likely to have a significant impact on the mobile VoIP market until 2013, the analyst predicts. Also, revenues associated with mobile VoIP usage will increase to over Rs.20,408.16 crore ($4 billion) in 2015, according to In-Stat.

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