Mobile VoIP users to reach 1bn by the end of the year

Mobile VoIP users to reach 1bn by the end of the year

The number of people subscribing to mobile VoIP services is set to reach nearly one billion for 2013, according to new research.

The number of users for such services increased by 550 per cent last year, rising to over 640 million years, and experts are expecting the technology to experience an even greater uptake by the end of 2013.

Diane Myers, a spokesperson for the report, argued that prices being offered for VoIP providers are surprisingly low, adding that businesses would be foolish to not take advantage.

From the point of view of a provider, a single VoIP customer is worth around £4.70, which is substantially less than the amount people spend on standard landlines and mobile calls.

Ms Myers also said that over-the-top (OTT) mobile VoIP is one of the main sectors to have witnessed a solid level of growth, with a slow rollout of 4G networks across the world being cited as one of the main explanations.

It is the lack of 4G connectivity that has seen many providers having to contend with sluggish network speeds, forcing many businesses  to turn to OTT applications in order to carry out their daily functions while on the move.

A fixed VoIP system only requires a high-speed internet connection, and the report predicts that the rise of 4G could soon see the popularity of mobile VoIP applications increase dramatically.  

Bringing VoIP to a mobile environment is hardly a surprising development, considering businesses across the globe are beginning to see the advantages of implementing a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, as well as the obvious financial benefits of implementing a VoIP network.

The report concludes by stating that the future of mobile VoIP solutions is looking much brighter than ever before, and the significant amount of competition is likely to result in such services attracting more customers, each looking for a cheaper way in which to do business on the move.

The study also claims that the number of users subscribing to the service could in fact be even greater than the one billion predicted, as the market has plenty of opportunity for rapid growth.