[teleclick] Mobile VoIP users, who make calls over platforms such as Truphone and Skype, will rack up 15 billion minutes of talk time this year – a figure that will double each subsequent year through 2015, according to a new report by Juniper Research.
By 2015, Juniper expects mobile VoIP services to account for 470.6 million minutes to annual talk time. 135 billion of these minutes will come out of the highly-lucrative U.S. wireless market.
As smartphones become increasingly advanced and feature-rich, more and more users are able to place VoIP calls over a mobile broadband connection, or even through a Wi-Fi hotspot, rather than using a carrier’s wireless voice network.
“There are several flavours of mobile VoIP,” explained Anthony Cox, Senior Analyst at Juniper Research. “Wi-Fi mobile VoIP is potentially the most damaging [to carriers], as it bypasses the mobile networks altogether. We forecast that mobile VoIP over Wi-Fi will cost operators $5 billion globally by 2015.”
Sharp Increase in Mobile VoIP Usage Spells Bad News for Carriers