Sonus gains on Acme Packet for top position in carrier SBC market

Infonetics predicts carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market will post first annual growth in years

Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) gained on market leader Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT) in the carrier session border controller (SBC) market segment, reaching a 22 percent market share, but Acme Packet held on to a substantial lead with a 40 percent market share, according to third quarter 2012 stats from Infonetics Research.

China's Huawei led the overall carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market, taking one-quarter of the market, which saw an 8 percent year-over-year increase in the third quarter.

In the IMS market segment, Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC), Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks battled for top position in the third quarter.

Regionally, Asia-Pacific and Latin America each posted strong double-digit year-over-year growth, in effect carrying the VoIP and IMS market in the quarter.

Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics, attributed the overall market growth to two factors: "First, we're entering the long-tail of the legacy softswitch and trunking gateway market, with opportunities for early equipment replacement and new deals that will help slow declines and provide stabilization. Second, IMS deployments continue to grow, and there are pockets of VoLTE and wireless spending."

Myers predicted that this year the carrier VoIP and IMS market would post its first annual growth in over four years.

For more:
- check out the Infonetics data

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Article updated Nov. 26 to include information about Acme Packet's carrier SBC market share and on Nov. 28 to correct Sonus market share percentage.