Strong subscriber and revenue growth rates during 2010 have confirmed VoIP’s position as a widely used telecommunications service in the US. Since the entry of Comcast and other cable companies, VoIP services have been emerging apace. At end-2010 the US cable companies were providing telephone services to more than 22 million subscribers. Non-facilities based, or ‘pure play’, VoIP providers, such as Skype, are making strong inroads into the US VoIP market. The VoIP market has also witnessed the entry of Microsoft and Apple and Internet giants Google and Yahoo! Mobile VoIP is poised for exponential growth, underpinned by the widespread adoption of WiFi-enabled handsets. The deployment of 3G networks, of the Clear WiMAX network on which Sprint Nextel and others provide mobile services, and the launch by Verizon and MetroPCS in late 2010 of LTE network services, are likely to propel mobile VoIP into the mainstream of mobile telecommunications over the coming years.
Companies covered in this report include:
Microsoft; Apple; Google; Yahoo!; Sprint Nextel; Verizon; MetroPCS; Comcast; Time Warner; Cox Communications; Skype; CableVision; Charter Communications; Insight Communications; Mediacom;
Fring; Deltathree; iBasis; ITXC Corporation; Level 3 Communications; VoicePulse; 8x8; Vonage; Cisco Systems; AT&T; Qwest