The market for enterprise session border controllers grew about 60 percent in 2011, primarily due to an even bigger jump of 88 percent in the market for SIP trunking services being offered by carriers, indicates a report released this week by Infonetics Research.
SBCs play key roles in SIP trunking services, mapping and transcoding of legacy network traffic on the enterprise side of the connection to the carrier SIP, as well as assisting in security, capacity management and routing. Therefore, the numbers of SBCs deployed in enterprises will jump along with greater adoption of SIP trunking services, the report noted.
The Infonetics report, Enterprise Session Border Controllers, also predicted that the global market for enterprise SBCs will reach $527 million in sales by 2016. Also, 42 percent of North American enterprises surveyed said they plan to use SIP trunking by 2014.
The Campbell, Calif.-based market research firm noted that North America currently accounts for the majority of the enterprise SBC market, but that this will change as SIP trunking services reach higher adoption levels in other regions of the world.
Infonetics said Acme Packet was the enterprise SBC market leader in 2011, with 34 percent worldwide revenue share, followed by Cisco Systems. The thriving market has led to somewhat more heated competition, and some of the growth in the market over the past year also attracted new SBC vendors, such as France-based Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU).
Meanwhile, SBC functions also may increasingly be integrated into other types of gear, such as PBXs.
- here's the press release
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