Studie: "Absatz von Mobilfunk / WLAN Handies steigt auf 300 Millionen Geräte im Jahr 2011"

Die Analysten von ABIresearch prognostizieren in Ihrer Studie "Voice over WiFi Handsets - Residential and Enterprise Markets for Pure VoWi-Fi Phones and Dual-Mode" bis 2011 einen Anstieg der jährlichen weltweiten Dual Mode Phone Verkäufe aus 300 Millionen Stück. Nach ihrer Aussagesind die Treiber UMA und der neue WLAN Standard 802.11n.
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Dual-Mode Cellular/Wi-Fi Handset Shipments to Top 300 Million in 2011, But Femtocells Are the Wildcard
Voice over Wi-Fi Handsets
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NEW YORK - September 20, 2006 Contact: Beth Schechner
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In 2011, shipments of dual-mode (cellular/voice over Wi-Fi) wireless handsets will be well in excess of 300 million worldwide, according to a new study from ABI Research. However the arrival of femtocell access points towards the end of the study's forecast period may prove disruptive for the market.

According to senior analyst Philip Solis, handsets based on the 802.11n protocol will outnumber those of other protocols in those 300 million shipments. Why? "Cellular handset vendors have made sure that their voices have been heard in the 802.11n standards process, so they are getting all the optional features that they want."

Solis adds that smartphones saw the earliest introduction of the Wi-Fi mode, but because of UMA (and later SIP-based) solutions, Wi-Fi will make its way into "enhanced" (or "feature") phones relatively quickly. Mobile operators are looking to UMA, but telcos and other players in the market are more interested in SIP-based solutions.

Wi-Fi enabled handsets, however, may have to compete with the upcoming opportunity of femtocells, the new, small cellular base stations designed for use in residential or corporate environments. Like Wi-Fi access points they connect to the customer's own broadband connection. Their lure is of greater network efficiency, reduced churn, better in-building wireless coverage, and the abilities to shape subscriber data usage patterns and to build platforms upon which fixed-mobile convergence services can be realized – essentially the same reasons for using Wi-Fi-enabled handsets.

"As frequency reuse issues are resolved, femtocells will provide some counterbalance to the trend towards dual-mode handsets," notes Solis. "Some operators now believe that they don't need to subsidize more expensive Wi-Fi-enabled handsets; they can use the handsets they have, and put femtocells in the home."

That would certainly slow down the VoWi-Fi market's momentum, but UMA is moving forward nonetheless. Solis concludes, "It's all about who controls the customer. Mobile operators can use UMA to keep the customers who want to use cheaper wireline minutes. It's good for the end-user and it's good for the operator, because it uses the customer's own broadband connection to backhaul the traffic to the core network."

ABI Research's new study, "Voice Over Wi-Fi Handsets" examines the market opportunities for voice over Wi-Fi from a handset-based perspective, focusing on drivers, barriers, and competing implementations, including forecasts for both pure voice over Wi-Fi handsets and dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets.

It forms part of two of the company's Research Services: Wi-Fi and Mobile Devices.

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in New York, ABI Research maintains global operations supporting annual research programs, intelligence services and market reports in broadband and multimedia, RFID and M2M, wireless connectivity, mobile wireless, transportation and emerging technologies. For information visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500
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