Ericsson Leads Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks into IMS / VoLTE Homestretch, Says ABI Research

  Ericsson Leads Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks into IMS / VoLTE
  Homestretch, Says ABI Research

Business Wire

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- November 01, 2012

In the recent IMS / VoLTE Competitive Assessment, ABI Research rates Ericsson
as the overall leader with respect to innovation and implementation.
Ericsson’s large cache of IMS and VoLTE patents, industry leadership in
interoperability testing, and market share firmly places them in the top
position. Closely at their heels are Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens
Networks, both of whom have strong portfolios, and in some aspects are
superior. Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks hold dominant positions at
the most demanding, leading wave LTE IMS deployments, and Nokia Siemens
Networks is ahead with virtualization technology. Additionally, the Huawei and
ZTE unique propositions are noteworthy.

The Innovation assessment reflects a weighted measure of patents, HW/SW
implementation, E2E VoLTE, and small network support. The rankings are
Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nokia Siemens Networks. The patent portfolios of
Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are an indicator of their innovative activity.
Nokia Siemens Networks shows early leadership in virtualization technology
with their Liquid Net and Liquid Core portfolio.

Implementation assessment examines market share, global and regional
deployment, VoLTE trial activity, and LTE/EPC footprint. Again the rankings
are Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nokia Siemens Networks. This part of the
assessment shows more diversity among the vendors, and different customers may
value things differently. Market share and geographical diversity are large

“Ericsson has been the IMS leader from the starting gate, and this assessment
affirms that position,” says Joe Hoffman, principal analyst for mobile
networks, “but their competitors are charging hard as the field makes the turn
into the IMS / VoLTE backstretch. Every vendor in this race has a proposition
that operators will value according to their needs, and there is still much
ground to cover before the finish line.” This independent Competitive
Assessment is helpful for network operators to understand their options for
IMS and the Evolved Voice Core, raise vendor and investor awareness, and help
IMS Add-On companies consider their roadmaps.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s new Competitive Assessment, “IMS and
Evolved Voice Core.” This is published as a part of the IMS, RCS & VoIP
( Research Service
which includes Reports, Market Data, Insights, and Competitive Assessments.

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