Mobile VoIP explosion will hurt operators, says research

The continuing growth in smartphone shipments will, according to Juniper Research, see mobile VoIP calls rise dramatically from 15 billion minutes in 2010 to a colossal 470.6 billion by 2015. The company believes this shift could potentially damage traditional mobile operators in the process.

A study undertaken by Juniper claims that mobile VoIP will go through explosive growth in the next five years, threatening the very existence of today's mobile operators.

"Wi-Fi mobile VoIP is potentially the most damaging of all VoIP traffic as it bypasses the mobile networks altogether," said the firm.  "We forecast that mobile VoIP over Wi-Fi will cost operators US$5 billion globally by 2015." Article