Carriers will spend $14 billion on convergent charging over the next five years, an increase of nearly $4 billion from 2012 to 2016.
That's one finding from Infonetics Research's latest Convergent Charging Software and Services market share, market size and forecast report.
Infonetics says Comverse narrowly regained the revenue lead over the past year, with Huawei and Ericsson close behind. Amdocs made some moves, increasing its market share nicely over the past year as well.
"... the vendors in this space are jockeying to position themselves to capture that [$14 billion] opportunity," said Shira Levine, directing analyst for next gen OSS and policy at Infonetics Research. "Many are integrating their solution portfolios with policy-management capabilities to enable flexible service bundles that better tie the amount of bandwidth consumed to the price charged."
In other report highlights, Infonetics says Asia Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) are the leading regions for convergent charging activity, together accounting for more than 80 percent of total revenue in 2011; network upgrades such as LTE are driving investment in convergent charging, as operators seek to monetize their technology investments; and some operators in fast-growing regions are purchasing "out-of-the-box" solutions that will likely run into scalability issues as subscriber growth and transaction volumes ramp up, leading to a wave of convergent charging replacement activity in the future.