Mobile VoIP: Is it really a threat to operator voice revenues?

Date: May 1, 2011
Pages: 89
Price:
US$ 1,320.00
Publisher: IDATE Consulting & Research
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)
ID: MEF535030FEEN
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Mobile VoIP: Is it really a threat to operator voice revenues?
Is it really a threat to operator voice revenues?

This study looks at the changing landscape of the mobile VoIP market; the main over the top players, the new entrants together with what they bring, and how the operators are reacting. The technical challenges are assessed, and an analysis as to the level of threat mobile VoIP brings to operator revenues is made. It concludes with a scenario for the development of this emerging market.

Key Questions
  • Who are the new entrants in the mobile VoIP market and how does it change the competition landscape?
  • User experiences, current networks and upcoming LTE deployments - what are the technological challenges?
  • Which major OTT and managed solutions are on the Mobile VoIP market? How are the Internet Giants positioning there?
  • What are the key trends for Mobile VoIP applications?
  • How will the mobile VoIP market evolve by 2015, in the context of more regulation& competition on the voice market?
Data & Forecasts up to 2015 covered in the report:
  • Worldwide mobile VoIP user and pentration of 3G subscribers
  • Worldwide mobile VoIP volume (billion minutes)
Players examined

Over-the-top players:
  • fring
  • Nimbuzz
  • Skype
  • TalkFree
  • Tango
  • Tru
Internet Giants:
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Yahoo!
  • Facebook
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2. METHODOLOGY

3. TECHNICAL CHALLENGES FOR MOBILE VOIP

3.1. The various types of mobile VoIP
3.2. User experience
  3.2.1. Usability
  3.2.2. Availability
  3.2.3. QoS
  3.2.4. Synthesis
3.3. Current networks; Wi-Fi, 2G and 3G
  3.3.1. Encoding
  3.3.2. Wi-Fi coverage will remain spotty, but adequate for the home
  3.3.3. 2G networks are not suited for Mobile VoIP
  3.3.4. 3G networks: capacity trade-off
3.4. LTE networks: moving towards all-IP
  3.4.1. Technological enablers of voice and SMS over LTE
  3.4.2. Initial LTE rollouts will rely on CS fallback
  3.4.3. In the long term, voice over IMS solution is expected
  3.4.4. Roadmap for VoLTE
3.5. Mobile handsets
  3.5.1. 3G handsets

4. PLAYER PROFILES AND STRATEGIES

4.1. Mobile operators
  4.1.1. Operators want to protect their voice revenues
  4.1.2. The different strategies of mobile operators
  4.1.3. Strategies from national context
  4.1.4. Opportunities and threats
  4.1.5. Benchmark of mobile VoIP offered by operators
4.2. Over the top players
  4.2.1. Competition and strategies overview
  4.2.2. Skype
  4.2.3. fring
  4.2.4. Nimbuzz
  4.2.5. Tru
  4.2.6. Other start-ups: Viber, TalkFree, Tango
4.3. Internet giants
  4.3.1. Competition and strategy overview
  4.3.2. Google
  4.3.3. Apple
  4.3.4. Yahoo!
  4.3.5. Facebook

5. KEY TRENDS

5.1. Mobile Video over IP services gaining traction
  5.1.1. A comparison of the video over IP offerings
  5.1.2. Challenges of video calls
5.2. Becoming the hub for all IP communications
  5.2.1. Google Voice synchs with Gmail
  5.2.2. Facebook further socialising the concept of communicating
5.3. The battle between operators and VoIP providers for a better pricing proposition
  5.3.1. VoIP over Wi-Fi is not very mobile
  5.3.2. Genuinely “free” calls are rare
  5.3.3. International calls are very attractive, whether Wi-Fi or not
  5.3.4. The evolution of operator voice tariffs makes them attractive
  5.3.5. In conclusion; international calls are the only real advantage

6. STRATEGIC ANALYSIS AND FORECASTS

6.1. Looking to the future
  6.1.1. How much of a threat is mobile VoIP to operators?
  6.1.2. How will the mobile VoIP competition structure pan out?
6.2. Forecast
  6.2.1. Analysis of growth drivers and barriers
  6.2.2. Forecast hypotheses
  6.2.3. Mobile VoIP forecasts, 2010 – 2015
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