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IMS Ranks Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Networks as Leading Vendors

By Joe Rizzo July 16, 2015

Evaluation of the leading IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) vendors based on criteria that uses actual data and metrics, such as market presence, which includes market share, financials, solution breadth and buyer feedback on product reliability and service/support, along with market momentum including market share momentum, NFV intensity, buyer feedback on vendors’ technology innovation, can only be found in one report.

IHS’s report entitled “2015 IHS Infonetics IMS Vendor Scorecard” profiles and analyzes the top six revenue producers of core IMS network solutions. The approach used eliminates subjectivity and ensures vendors are assessed accurately and fairly. The report is structured to include a leadership landscape graph designed to classify vendors as "Leader," "Established" or "Challenger" based on their scores in these criteria.

This time around the top three companies were Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Networks. The following highlight from the report will give you a better understanding of the process:

  • Ericsson’s market share, strong customer perceptions and deep relationships with mobile operators is helping it take advantage of the voice over LTE opportunity
  • Huawei has built market share through fixed-line VoIP networks using IMS and is positioned to capture the next wave of IMS spending related to VoLTE
  • Long a top vendor in the service provider VoIP market, Nokia Networks should further boost market presence via its merger with Alcatel-Lucent
  • Alcatel-Lucent is the third-largest IMS vendor, has above-average market share, scores above average for product reliability and service and support by service providers, and is at the forefront of developing IMS virtualized network functions
  • The smallest IMS vendor in the group, Mavenir is viewed by service providers as a top innovator that’s been able to steadily gain market share by focusing almost exclusively on mobile operators
  • Well established in its home country of China, ZTE has built a growing IMS business with cost-effective solutions that are appealing to operators in developing countries
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Diane Myers, who is the research director for VoIP, UC and IMS at HIS and the author of this report, stated that “The core IMS market is highly competitive among the market share leaders. But beyond market share, what sets the vendors apart are financial health and customer perceptions. Our scorecard leaders, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Networks, rise above the pack thanks to strong financials. This does not take away from advantages the other vendors have, but it does put some distance between the leaders and the other players.”

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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