VoIP subscriptions top the 100 million mark

The number of VoIP subscriptions worldwide topped 100 million for the first time late last year, according to research house Point Topic, representing 15% growth over the first three calendar quarters of 2009. The figures also showed that in terms of total subscribers, the UK still had some catchin

The number of VoIP subscriptions worldwide topped 100 million for the first time late last year, according to research house Point Topic, representing 15% growth over the first three calendar quarters of 2009.

The figures also showed that in terms of total subscribers, the UK still had some catching up to do, beaten by the other six G7 economies, as well as China and South Korea. While in terms of total subscribers, the US was out in front, but proportionally, the French came in top with 38% of all fixed lines delivered over IP phones.

Point Topic senior analyst John Bosnell said that "an enthusiastic set of suppliers, cost effective bundles, appropriate regulations and a developing infrastructure," had benefited the French VoIP market.

These lessons could be applied to other markets, including the UK, to speed up adoption, Bosnell suggested.

Softclient services such as those provided by Skype were not included in the study, but are also seeing significant growth. Skype logged 27.7 billion PC-to-PC minutes in Q3, as well as 3.1 billion minutes between PCs and conventional phones.

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