Metric: Carrier VoIP spending to hit $5.8B

According to a study by Infonetics, carrier spending on VoIP and other next-generation voice equipment will grow from $1.73 billion in 2004 to $5.8 billion by 2008. The researcher claims that 2004 was a "break-through year" for VoIP adoption, especially in North America, and that 2005 is shaping up for more. Top drivers for VoIP adoption include new applications and services, capital expenditures, and open/standards-based interfaces.

For more on the growth of carrier VoIP spending:
- go to this press release