Metric: One-third of US, Europe to use VoIP, wVoIP by 2009

According to a recent report from Gartner, by 2009 one-third of the US and Europe will use VoIP and wVoIP. Gartner attributes the expected growth to lower costs than traditional phone service and increased consumer confidence in high-speed connections. The report also forecasts that 70 percent of all voice transmissions worldwide will be wireless by 2009. Factors contributing to that figure were the exponential growth of the Chinese and Indian markets and the decreasing costs of mobile phones. Gartner said there could be as many as 3 billion mobile subscribers worldwide by 2010. According to the report, the outlook is both positive and negative for traditional phone companies, many of whom are embracing the new technologies.

For more on the rise of VoIP and wVoIP:
- read this piece from the BBC