Market research firm Infonetics
on Friday released Rich
Communications Suite Services and Subscribers, an
analysis and forecast report on the RCS
According to the report, the RCS space has splintered over the past year
into 3 main camps of telecom operators pursuing rich communications
initiatives: those pursuing formal RCS, those that have switched
to RCS-e, and those offering RCS-like services (for more
detail on each, see http://bit.ly/yfS7pC).
"A year ago we declared that RCS
had been relegated to niche status, and our viewpoint has not changed,"
Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics
Research. "As of January 2012, there are still no commercially
available formal RCS or RCS-e services. Spanish operators Orange, Telefónica,
and Vodafone have announced plans to launch RCS-e in the first
half of 2012, and we expect activity in Germany shortly thereafter.
However, we believe it will be too little too late to have a meaningful
impact. It's been too long that operators on the fence have wavered over
the financial commitment to IMS
and inadequate support from handset manufacturers. Many have moved on to
other strategic priorities, are working with third party over-the-top
providers, and/or are waiting to launch RCS as part of an integrated
piece of VoLTE.
On the flip side, mobile operators such as China Mobile, SK
Telecom, and MegaFon continue to find success with
RCS-like services, offering a mix of features and packages that fit
their individual markets. These examples show that, though RCS may not
be for all operators or all countries at this point, there is a market
for it in certain countries."
RCS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
Communications Suite report provides worldwide and regional market
analysis, market size, and forecasts through 2016 for RCS subscribers;
RCS service provider revenue, ARPU (average revenue per user), RCS user
clients, and RCS client ASPs (average selling prices).
CLIENT CONFERENCE CALL
Clients: Join analyst Diane Myers for live RCS market highlights and
audience Q&A, Feb. 1, 12:00 p.m. Eastern: https://www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=544.
Download prospectuses, tables of contents, highlights, etc. at http://www.infonetics.com/login
(see SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP AND IMS for 2011 and new 2012 services).
Infonetics Research is an international market research
firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in
defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more
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