International Data Corporation (IDC) has forecast
that total VoIP services revenue in Asia/Pacific (excluding
Japan) will increase from $1.02 billion in 2001 to almost
$14.33 billion in 2006, growing at a compound annual growth
rate (CAGR) of 70 per cent.
to a recent IDC press release, Asia/Pacific VoIP
Services Market Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2006,
consumers and enterprises across Asia/Pacific are now
realising cost savings with VoIP services, and enterprises
are also starting to look at enhanced voice applications
with IP adoption.
services in Asia/Pacific have come of age and are no longer
just considered as being of poor quality, said Renee
Gamble, Program Manager IP and Broadband Research.
It is now more widely accepted that VoIP can provide
high-standard, budget call services and an even higher-quality
in-house telephony for the enterprise.
in VoIP technology and service offerings launched by major
carriers have resulted in more advanced VoIP services
than the earlier budget VoIP service offerings available.
from enterprises is really picking up particularly
amongst IP VPN customers. Increasingly VoIP is seen as
a logical and desirable complimentary service to IP VPNs.
When deployed over private IP networks, these VoIP applications
are providing users with high quality calls and a range
of voice-enhanced applications including audio and video-conferencing.
continues to dwarf the rest of region in terms of VoIP
usage and revenue currently accounting for 75 per
cent (in 2002) of total regional revenues, said
Ms. Gamble. Meanwhile, VoIP will see a much slower
take-up in India than previously expected because of the
regulatory curbs on local/national VoIP services.
cost savings will continue as a major driver for VoIP
services, particularly in the consumer market, demand
for value-added services will help drive the development
of VoIP down the track. Increasing numbers of service
providers will be bundling together with a range of IP
services including VoIP with IP VPN and other services,
packaged as a total IP communications service offering.
(excluding Japan) VoIP services market forecast, 2001-2006
is an early leader in the Asia/Pacific region for VoIP
service adoption - already accounting for 25 per cent
of the total region''s revenues in 2001. This is largely
because of the push from SingTel in deploying IP services,
and it has been driven by a desire to counter increasing