Revolution doesn’t always come cheap.
A dime-a-dozen handheld calculator used to cost a hundred bucks. It’ll cost you $200-grand to take a personal-space vacation (until such galactic jaunts become the norm). And the cost of 3D-TV technology is widely expected to plummet as its adoption becomes widespread.
But sometimes it does. And it’s a good thing.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has been on an upward climb over the last several years (economic downturn notwithstanding), and its continued ascent appears inevitable.
There remain some niggling concerns about this technology’s performance on the security and reliability fronts, and the extent to which it can (and should) be regulated remains a conundrum.
Still, VoIP is on a course for certain continued success. That’s thanks to its undeniable positioning as a cheap alternative to all the stuff that came before and an anticipated surge in the mobile faction of this technology.
A couple of recent studies by market intelligence firm In-Stat back this up, predicting a robust VoIP market for the months to come. Mobile VoIP — a relatively recent innovation — is particularly poised for greatness, with pundits everywhere predicting its imminent hold of the industry.
-The VoIP industry worldwide could exceed the $6-billion mark in 2015.
-Current industry reports predict that the mobile VoIP market will be worth $32.2 billion by 2013.
-The SOHO market, says In-Stat, will decrease its wired voice expenses by 6% over the next four years. Over the same period, overall VoIP spending is expected to jump to 52%.
-In-Stat predicts that application-based VoIP spending could increase over its current levels by nearly 60% by 2014.
-The most dramatic growth in VoIP spending derives from the professional services, healthcare and social services vertical markets.
-Japan, the United States and China are the three hottest markets for IP telephony, the technology upon which VoIP is based.
-The number of mobile broadband users is predicted to surpass one billion in the year 2011 and to hit 3.8 billion worldwide by 2015. That’s up from just 500 million in 2010.
-A recent Ericsson study of handheld devices revealed that the adoption level of tablet computers, connected laptops and smartphones will see mobile Internet subscriptions double in 2011. The increasing popularity of 4G technology among mobile networks too is expected to produce its own upswing in the use of mobile VoIP services.
-The majority of mobile broadband users, of which VoIP is expected to play a considerable role, will be found in Asia in the coming year. Some 400-million users will hail from there, with the U.S. and Europe each clocking half of that again.