The number of users of mobile video calling services is expected to quadruple by 2017 (160M), reveals latest study of Juniper Research on the strategic opportunities and business models of mobile VoIP by 2017.
Here are the main conclusions that emerge from this report:
- Mobile VoIP companies should further open up their application programming interfaces, including to mobile network operators, in an effort to earn revenue.
- The arrival of 4G could give new impetus to the adoption of mobile VoIP by the general public but could potentially accelerate the decline of global voice business for mobile operators.
- The advance of IP services will grow faster in developed countries due to the direct correlation between the deployment of 4G and the adoption of mobile VoIP.
Many VoIP services are already well established on the market, such as Skype, Facetime, or Viber. Free, they should continue their ascent in 2013, to the detriment of paying telephone operators.
Orange has also recently launched its own VoIP service : Libon, an application whose features include an instant messaging service and intelligent visual voicemail.