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http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/020822/045743.html Thursday August 22, 2:36 pm ET

Press Release SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Next Gen Voice Product Market Hit $233.6M In 2Q02; Strong Growth Expected In Asia Pacific

SAN JOSE, CA–(INTERNET WIRE)–Aug 22, 2002 — Worldwide revenue for next gen voice products totaled $233.6 million in 2Q02, an 18% decline from 1Q02, and is projected to reach $1.1 billion in CY02, according to Infonetics Research’s quarterly worldwide market share and forecast service, Next Gen Voice Products.

“Vendors are focusing on the IOCs and MSOs in the US and incumbent service providers in Asia, as they offer near-term opportunity,” said Kevin Mitchell, Infonetics Research analyst and lead author of the report. “Packet telephony is still undoubtedly the future of voice–we’re still headed toward an all-packet world–but the market is maturing at an inopportune time as service providers continue to cut expenditures or close up shop altogether. On the bright side, there’s enormous opportunity in the Asia Pacific region: in 2Q02, revenue for next gen voice hardware and software totaled $40 million in Asia Pacific, and we project it to hit $237 million in CY02, representing 21% of worldwide revenue totals.”

Media servers are now tracked in this report because they are a crucial part of the softswitch architecture and will play a more important role in the future as service providers deploy next gen services on packet networks. The worldwide softswitch market was fairly robust in 2Q02, growing 14%, and showing strength in EMEA and Asia Pacific. Worldwide revenue for media servers totaled $6.7 million in 2Q02, an 83% increase from 1Q02.

Infonetics Research’s Next Gen Voice service includes quarterly updated forecasts for all regions–worldwide, North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and ROW–tracking voice over broadband gateways, broadband loop carriers, RAC VoIP gateways, voice/data switches, media servers, softswitches, and voice application servers. Companies tracked in this service include Alcatel, Broadsoft, Cirpack, Cisco, ComMatch, CommWorks, Convedia, Convergent, General Bandwidth, Integral Access, IPUnity, Italtel, LongBoard, Lucent, MetaSwitch, NexVerse, Nortel, Nuera, Occam Networks, Santera, Siemens, Snowshore, Sonus Networks, Sylantro Systems, tdSoft, Tekelec, Telcordia, Telica, Terayon, UTStarcom, VocalData, Zhone, and others.

For the table of contents of this report, which includes methodology notes, please contact Larry Howard, Vice President, at larry [at] infonetics [dot] com or 408.298.7999 x225.

Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm covering the networking and telecommunications industries in the US/Canada, Europe, and Asia. We provide objective analysis of end-user and service provider buying plans and product manufacturer market share and market size through in-depth research studies and quarterly market share and forecast services.

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