Wednesday, July 3, 2013

[Infonetics] 1B OTT mVoIP Subscribers (Skype- 40%); ARPU Down to $7.13 Annually

Last year Infonetics estimated that the annual ARPU for mobile VoIP user was $13 [here]. 2012, saw a huge decrease.

A new report by Infonetics Research Principle Analysts Diane Myers [pictured] and Stéphane Téral, finds that "While Skype dominates the over-the-top mobile VoIP space, the market is seeing other applications such as Fring, KakaoTalk, Line, Nimbuzz, WeChat and Viber gain in strength. But the fact remains that most OTT mVoIP providers are making very little money per user. In 2012, the average revenue per user was a meager US$7.13 annually. Since this alone is an unsustainable business model, most providers are turning to advertising, third-party apps and wholesale arrangements with traditional operators

"The number of global OTT mobile VoIP subscribers shot up more than 550% in 2012, to over 640 million, and is expected to approach the 1 billion mark in 2013. Microsoft/Skype had roughly 40% of all active users of OTT mobile VoIP services in 2012"

"Infonetics projects the number of VoLTE subscribers to grow at a 145% compound annual growth rate from 2012 to 2017 Combined, over-the-top mobile VoIP and VoLTE services are expected to become a $16 billion business by 2017"

See "Infonetics Research raises VoLTE forecast; Over-the-top mobile VoIP subscribers nearing 1 billion mark" - here.

1 comment:

  1. I think that's just going to be a fluctuating trend for a while. The MVOIP industry is going to be experiencing change and growth for a while. Rises and declines like this will come with that change. Thiago |