Voice-over-IP (VoIP), “the technology that has revolutionized voice services over the past several years and has brought calling costs down for residential and business customers alike,” is spreading from the fixed-line world to the mobile world. So say officials of research firm In-Stat (News - Alert) [www.in-stat.com], adding that usage is on the rise, “creating significant opportunity for mobile VoIP gateway equipment suppliers as expenditures in this space are expected to soar beyond the $6 billion mark in 2015.”
Mobile VoIP “has only recently begun being implemented in the business environment,” says Amy Cravens, Market Analyst. ”One of the key benefits of mobile VoIP for enterprises is extending desk phone functionality to mobile devices. Business-oriented products will essentially enable the users’ cell phones to become an extension of their desk phones and will deliver, in addition to voice, a unified communications experience, including email, IM, and collaboration.”
The In-Stat research also found that business mobile VoIP users will increase tenfold over the next five years. Mobile operators are currently a barrier to adoption but could become a significant driver of adoption over the next several years.