Internet-enabled Communications Services to Generate $265 billion Over the Next 5 Years

A wide array of new Internet-enabled communications services geared to the needs of consumers is expected to generate nearly $265 billion for phone companies and other telecommunications carriers worldwide over the next five years, according to a new market research from The Insight Research.  These new Internet-enabled services include:  residential video telephony; fixed-mobile convergence; file sharing services; streaming services; location-based services; and presence-based services. 
"These new IP-enabled services are the first tangible fruits of next-generation networking,” says Robert Rosenberg, Insight Research. 

However, the actual revenue contributions made by all these IP services represent just 0.9% of all global wireline and wireless telecommunication service revenues forecasted for 2006 and just 5.7% of those forecasted for 2011.  

This report focuses on six service provider-hosted IP services: 

  • Residential Video Telephony (RVT) allows end users to have video calls amongst each other.  The end-user equipment could be a personal computer (PC), an IP-based videophone, or a 3G enabled mobile phone. 
  • Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) enables users to employ the same end equipment (predominantly mobile phone) in licensed wireless public networks outside homes and offices as well as unlicensed wireless private networks inside homes and offices where the network coverage is poor. 
  • File Sharing Services involve the exchange of audio and video files among networked peers.  
  • Streaming Services provide live and on-demand display of audio and video files and broadcasts on end-user equipment like PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs), or 3G-enabled mobile phones in a real-time fashion by simultaneously downloading, buffering, and playing the file on the end-user equipment. 
  • Location Based Services (LBS) target the physical location of the user through global positioning service (GPS) or wireless network-enabled mechanisms in order to facilitate user-specific services. 
  • Presence Based Services (PBS) ensure personalization of modes of communication preferred by the user by defining the availability and receptiveness towards the modes.

IP-Based Application Services Market 2006-2011” examines spending and usage patterns for residential video telephony, fixed-mobile convergence, file sharing services, streaming services, location-based services, and presence-based services.  An excerpt, table of contents, and ordering information for this IP services market research report are online at http://www.insight-corp.com/reports/ipapps06.asp.  

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