Mobile VoIP users to exceed 100 million by 2012

Mobile VoIP services will grow significantly faster in developed markets due to the direct correlation between 3G rollouts and the take-up of mobile VoIP, claims a new study from Juniper Research.

"By 2012 we expect significant uptake of mobile VoIP in its various different flavours", said Anthony Cox, at Juniper Research. "By that date mobile VoIP will be available over both 3G and WiFi networks. We also anticipate that several more traditional operators will have joined 3UK and Verizon in the US and developed relationships with mobile VoIP players such as Skype."

Juniper also suggests that alliances between mobile VoIP players and traditional operators may provide the best option for today's incumbent operators to address the advent of mobile VoIP.

In conclusion, Cox believes that a high percentage of Mobile VoIP will be carried via WiFi networks, bypassing operators' networks altogether. Such traffic will result in some lost revenues, amounting to around US$5bn by 2015. Article