October 12, 2010
By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor
The mobile market is growing, worth something in the neighborhood of $500 billion in 2010. The strongest growth is posted by data services such as mVoIP, both on fixed and mobile networks, accordingto a new study, “The Mobile VoIP Market Report 2010-2015.”

Among other findings, the report says sales of Internet connections and data services on fixed networks will grow in 2010 by 7 percent, to around $250 billion. Mobile data services – such as mVoIP -- “are posting even stronger growth” as well.

The report “outlines how the mobile VoIP market will evolve further during the next five years, ensuring that you are in the know when it comes to important decisions within the mVoIP industry,” company officials say.

And yes, of course there’s the obligatory social media angle: “The online social networks such as Facebook (News - Alert) and Myspace have integrated mVoIP services to offer opportunities for development of third-party applications and software, as well as multimedia content and advertising. Facebook users for example currently send one billion IMs per day.”

There will be opportunities for the mobile telecoms industry in the IP convergence/substitution market, the report finds, noting that, “by introducing fixed VoIP to cellular telephony and mobile VoIP to fixed telephony, operators will have the opportunities to grow on a unified voice and multimedia service experience.”

VoIP services are cheaper than circuit-switched services on traditional legacy networks, the report finds: “VoIP has diversified from purely voice implementation to a complete multimedia experience offering video calling, video conferencing, gaming and many other features. Booming smartphone developments bolstered sales in established markets and low-end devices made headway in developing markets.”

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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