There will be more than a staggering 1 billion users of over-the-top (OTT) mobile VoIP services in 2017. That's according to a new report from analysts at Juniper Research, who say the stat reflects a dramatic shift in how voice traffic will be carried over the next five years.
Juniper says improvements in network technology, additional competition and telcos' move to join the OTT space will all come together to give the mobile Internet-voice market a second wind; however, as with Skype on the desktop, only a very small percentage will actually pay for the service.
“Many subscribers sign up to an OTT service without ever planning to pay a cent for it, and some industry players do not have a short-term revenue model at all," noted Anthony Cox, author of the report; although he adds that many of the leading mobile VoIP players are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their service offerings and are developing more ways to monetize their services.
The report includes analysis of the current situation in the mVoIP and mobile and tablet video calling markets and contains five-year forecasts for mVoIP and mobile video calling users and revenues. It also contains mVoIP tablets forecasts as well as RCS and circuit-switched forecasts.