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The VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

The VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Management Report
Published: October 2016
Pages: 217
Research from: Signals and Systems
Sector: Networks & Infrastructure

From: GBP 1923.00
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VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology allows a voice call to be placed over an LTE network, enabling mobile operators to reduce reliance on legacy circuit-switched networks.  Powered by IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) architecture, VoLTE brings a host of benefits to operators ranging from the ability to refarm legacy 2G and 3G spectrum to offering their subscribers a differentiated service experience through capabilities such as HD voice and video telephony.

First deployed by South Korean operators in 2012, VoLTE is beginning to gain momentum globally. As of Q4’2016, more than 80 mobile operators have commercially launched VoLTE services, and several roaming and interoperability agreements are already in place.

SNS Research estimates that VoLTE service revenue will grow at a CAGR of 34% between 2016 and 2020. By the end of 2020, VoLTE subscribers will account for more than $200 Billion in revenue. Although traditional voice services will constitute a major proportion of this figure, nearly 15% of the revenue will be driven by video calling and supplementary services.

The “VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the VoLTE ecosystem including enabling technologies, key market drivers, challenges, collaborative initiatives, regulatory landscape, standardization, opportunities, operator case studies, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for VoLTE smartphone shipments, subscriptions, service revenue and infrastructure investments from 2016 till 2030. The forecasts cover 7 individual submarkets and 6 regions.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.
 
 
Key Findings:
The report has the following key findings
  • By 2020, SNS Research estimates that VoLTE services will account for over $200 Billion in annual service revenue, as mobile operators remain committed to VoLTE as the long term solution to secure a fully native IP-based telephony experience.
  • As the transition to VoLTE accelerates, mobile operators have already begun shutting down their legacy networks in a bid to reallocate additional spectrum to their LTE networks. 
  • Japan and South Korea have already shut down their 2G networks, and multiple operators in other parts of the world, including the United States, are in the processing of switching off 2G services. Some operators, such as Telenor Norway, are seeking the closure of their 3G networks as early as 2020.
  • Nearly all VoLTE operators are integrating their VoLTE services with Wi-Fi calling in a bid to offer voice services in areas where their licensed spectrum coverage is limited.
  • The vendor ecosystem is continuing to consolidate with several acquisitions such as Sonus Networks’ recent takeover of IP communications specialist Taqua.

Topics Covered:
The report covers the following topics:
  • VoLTE ecosystem
  • Market drivers and barriers
  • VoLTE infrastructure, devices, roaming and interconnection technology
  • Case studies of 20 commercial VoLTE deployments
  • OTT mobile voice and video services
  • Complimentary technologies including Wi-Fi calling, RCS and WebRTC
  • MCPTT (Mission Critical Push-to-Talk) voice services
  • VoLTE services over MVNO networks
  • Service assurance platforms for VoLTE
  • Regulatory landscape, collaborative initiatives and standardization
  • Industry roadmap and value chain
  • Profiles and strategies of 100 leading ecosystem players including device OEMs, VoLTE solution providers and mobile operators
  • Strategic recommendations for VoLTE solution providers and mobile operators
  • Market analysis and forecasts from 2016 till 2030

Forecast Segmentation:
VoLTE subscription, service revenue and infrastructure revenue forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:
  • VoLTE Services
    • Voice Telephony
    • Video and Supplementary Services

  • VoLTE Infrastructure
    • CSCF (Call Session Control Function) Servers
    • SBCs (Session Border Controllers)
    • VoLTE Application Servers
    • Other IMS Elements (HSS, BGCF, MGCF & MRF)
    • VoLTE Capable PCRF (Policy & Charging Rules Function) Solutions

  • Regional Submarkets
    • Asia Pacific
    • Eastern Europe
    • Latin & Central America
    • Middle East & Africa
    • North America
    • Western Europe

Key Questions Answered:
The report provides answers to the following key questions:
  • How big is the VoLTE opportunity?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • Which regions and countries will see the highest percentage of growth?
  • How will VoLTE capable smartphone shipments grow over time?
  • Who are the key market players and what are their strategies?
  • How can VoLTE help operators in reducing the flow of voice subscribers to OTT application providers?
  • What are the prospects of Wi-Fi calling, RCS and WebRTC?
  • What much will operators invest in VoLTE service assurance solutions?
  • How can mobile operators and MVNOs capitalize on VoLTE to drive revenue growth?
  • How can VoLTE help operators in refarming their 2G and 3G spectrum assets?
  • What is the status of international roaming and VoLTE-to-VoLTE interconnection agreements?
  • What strategies should VoLTE solution providers and mobile operators adopt to remain competitive?

 

 

List of Companies Mentioned:The following companies and organizations have been reviewed, discussed or mentioned in the report:

3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
Accedian Networks
Affirmed Networks
Alcatel-Lucent
ALEPO
Altair Semiconductor
Amdocs
Anite
Anritsu Corporation
Apple
Aptilo Networks
Aricent
Ascom
Astellia
Asus (ASUSTeK Computer)
AT&T
AT&T Mobility
Belgacom
BICS
Broadcom
BroadSoft
BT Group
CCN (Cirrus Core Networks)
CellMining
Cellwize
CENX
CEVA
China Mobile
China Mobile Hong Kong
Cirpack
Cisco Systems
D2 Technologies
Dell Technologies
Dialogic Corporation
DigiTalk
DigitalRoute
DT (Deutsche Telekom)
Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)
Ecrio
EE
Empirix
Ericsson
Etisalat
ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)
EXFO
F5 Networks
Fujitsu
GCT Semiconductor
GENBAND
Gigamon
GL Communications
Google
GSMA
Hitachi
HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
HTC Corporation
Huawei
iBasis
IBM
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Imagination Technologies
IMSWorkX
InfoVista
Intel Corporation
InterDigital
Interop Technologies
Iskratel
Italtel
ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
Ixia
Jibe Mobile
KDDI Corporation
Keysight Technologies
Kineto Wireless
KISDI (Korea Information Society Development Institute)
KPN
KT Corporation
Lenovo
LG Electronics
LG Uplus
Mavenir Systems
Metaswitch Networks
MetroPCS Communications
Mitel Networks Corporation
Mobileum
Monolith Software
Motorola Mobility
Mushroom Networks
MYCOM OSI
Napatech
NEC Corporation
NetScout Systems
Newfield Wireless
NewNet Communication Technologies
NewPace Technology Development
Nexus Telecom 
Nokia Networks
NTT DoCoMo
NXP Semiconductors
NXP Software
OpenCloud
Openet
Optulink 
Oracle Communications
Oracle Corporation
Orange
Orange Romania
Pantech
Polystar
Qualcomm
Quortus
RADCOM
Radisys Corporation
Redknee Solutions
Reliance Industries
Reliance Jio Infocomm
Rogers Communications
Rohde & Schwarz 
Samsung Electronics
Sandvine
Sansay
Sequans Communications
Sharp Corporation
SIGOS
Singtel Group
SK Telecom
Skype
SmarTone
SoftBank Group
Sonus Networks
Sony Mobile Communications
Spirent Communications
SPIRIT DSP
Spreadtrum Communications 
Sprint Corporation
Summit Tech
Swisscom
Syniverse
SysMech
Systemics-PAB
Taqua
Tektronix Communications
Telefónica Germany
Telefónica Group
Telefónica UK
Telstra
Three Hong Kong
T-Mobile Czech Republic
T-Mobile USA
TNS (Transaction Network Services)
TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea)
Verizon Communications
Verizon Wireless
Viavi Solutions
VMware
Vodafone Czech Republic
Vodafone Germany
Vodafone Group
Vodafone Hutchison Australia
Vodafone Italy
Vodafone Portugal
Vodafone Romania
Vodafone Spain
Vodafone Turkey
Vodafone UK
VoiceAge Corporation
Voipfuture
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance)
Wi-Fi Alliance
WIT Software
x-Mobility
ZTE

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