As the use of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) increasingly moves from the fixed line arena into the mobile world, opportunities for mobile VoIP equipment suppliers will increase significantly, according to new research by In-Stat.
The research firm sees expenditures on mobile VoIP infrastructure exceeding $6 billion by 2015. The report predicts that business users of mobile VoIP will increase tenfold over the next five years, and although mobile operators are currently hostile to this development this will change significantly as operators see major opportunities in mobile VoIP. Growth in IP PBX mobile VoIP usage will largely be driven by mid-sized and enterprise businesses.
"Mobile VoIP has only recently begun being implemented in the business environment," Amy Cravens, an analyst at In-Stat, said in a statement. "One of the key benefits of mobile VoIP for enterprises is extending desk phone functionality to mobile devices. Business-oriented solutions will essentially enable the users' cellphones to become an extension of their desk phones and will deliver, in addition to voice, a unified communications experience, including email, IM, and collaboration."
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