Week in research: Policy management takes a bigger role; chip manufacturers prepare to roll out P-OTS portfolios

OSS ascendant: Policy management is taking a bigger role in telecom's operational environment, says Infonetics Research, and as revenues grow, so does merger & acquisition activity, as evidenced by Tekelec's acquiring Camiant earlier in 2010. Total worldwide revenue for policy servers deployed in both wireless and wireline networks is forecast to reach $471 million this year and $1.6 billion by 2014. Revenues in 2009 were split 60-40 between mobile and fixed line; this balance will shift toward mobile operators as they maximize their 4G investments. News release.

Manufacturers move on P-OTS: With carriers expected to shift to packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) over the next few years, component suppliers are gauging what products they'll manufacture and when to bring them into the market, according to Heavy Reading Components Insider. "Packet-optical transport is a key focus for telecom equipment providers and carriers alike, and highly integrated semiconductor devices are needed to deliver the benefits expected by carriers," says Simon Stanley, research analyst. Highly integrated ASSP devices are already starting to ship, and 100 Gbps ODU4 devices are in development by multiple vendors, with the first silicon expected in 2011. News release.

We belong to the city: Urbanized areas--places with a population of 50,000 or more--are key markets for cable and broadband providers, says an updated Research and Markets report on the results of a January-February 2010 survey of "Black, Hispanic, Asian, and international/global consumers, as well as young millennials" on their TV, broadband and mobile video consumption. Almost seven in 10 Americans live in urbanized areas, and 59 percent of multicultural consumers live in urban markets. "This research has consistently shown that multicultural consumers are some of cable and broadband's best customers," the firm said in a release.

IP connectivity hooks up: It's not a surprising number considering the level of interest we've seen the past few months, but business VoIP services saw revenue increase 8 percent in the first half of 2010 over the second half of 2009, to $22.6 billion. Infonetics Research sees the year ending on a high note with a 13 percent increase in revenues worldwide. Of interest is that the IP connectivity segment of the business VoIP market surged past managed IP PBX and hosted VoIP services and is now the largest segment of this market. News release.

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