Statistics are both useful, and instruments of the devil. Hard to say which is more
appropriate in any given case. Herewith, a selection of what market researchers think
about VoIP these days. Use these numbers with care, and for goodness sakes, please do your
own independent thinking and come to your own conclusions.
- By 2008, wholesale VoIP traffic in the Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region could
reach 57 billion minutes. About 1,771 billion minutes of retail voice traffic originating
in EMEA will have a VoIP component in some portion of the route. (Frost and Sullivan, May,
- "We predict that the market for IP Services in Western Europe will grow slowly from
$14 billion (USD) currently to only $17.5 billion in two years time," said analysts
at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. (August, 2002.)
- The IP PBX market is expected to grow to $3.9 billion in revenue by 2005, representing
nearly 20% of all traditional PBX sales. (Synergy Research, 2/2002.)
- Even before September 11th, 75% of large US organizations either had an IP-VPN (in-house
IP-VPN or outsourced IP-VPN service) or plan to have an IP-VPN within the next two years.
- VoIP will account for approximately 75% of world voice services by 2007. (Frost &
- 90% of enterprises with multiple locations will start switching to IP systems for voice
over next 5 years. (Phillips Group, via Aspect, 6/2001.)
- Wholesale and retail VoIP traffic volume exceeded 6 billion and 15 billion minutes in
2000. VoIP will account for approximately 75% of world voice services by 2007. (Frost
& Sullivan, 5/2001.)
- More than one half of large enterprise organizations have or will deploy VoIP in the
next 12 months and nearly half of small and medium organizations will do the same.
(Aspect, citing an October, 2000 study by Sage Research.)