by CIO Staff

Mobile Networks to Take Lead in Next-Generation IMS Networks

Jan 23, 20072 mins
MobileSmall and Medium Business

Mobile networks will take the lead in establishing IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)-based next-generation networks (NGNs) and introducing next-generation applications, reports In-Stat. Wireline operators will continue to operate NGN overlays over the next five years, focused on revenue-generating independent point solutions, the high-tech market research firm says.

“There is no debate over whether IMS will be deployed,” says Keith Nissen, In-Stat analyst, in a statement. “Since all network equipment is becoming IMS-compliant, carriers will be deploying IMS regardless of their intentions. Mobile networks are evolving to IMS to reduce OPEX. Fixed-line operators, motivated by revenue retention, are deploying IMS-based point solutions on a very pragmatic basis; designed to meet each carrier’s unique business goals. Whether service providers can adapt to meet the challenges of next-generation markets is a question still up for debate.”

Other findings from In-Stat’s research, IMS/NGN Network Strategies and Deployments, include:

  • The two main drivers for IMS deployment are OPEX cost reduction and revenue generation.

  • Subscribers to IMS-based services are expected to grow from 10 million in 2007 to more than 500 million by 2011.

  • Spending on IMS control layer equipment will total $12 billion by 2011.

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