Week in research: UCaaS subscribers reach 1.6M; bundled services take off in Latin America

UCaaS subscribers triple: Between Q1 2010 and Q1 2013, the number of subscribers using unified communications as a service (UCaaS) grew to 1.6 million and now account for 24 percent of all UC subscribers. North America has nearly 87 percent of UCaaS subs, followed by EMEA with about 10 percent, according to Synergy Research Group. The top four providers hold the same positions globally as they do in North America, with 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT) in the lead with 19 percent of the market, followed by RingCentral, Vocalocity and ShoreTel. News release

Synergy UCaaS subscribers

Multiplay takes off in Latin America: By 2017, a Pyramid Research report says, the number of households in Latin America taking multiplay services or bundled services will increase to 69.9 million, from 42.3 million at the end of 2012. "Moreover, as fixed and mobile broadband continues to gain adoption across Latin America, adding OTT services to their portfolios of services provides a compelling opportunity for operators to boost the value of their bundles," said analyst Guillermo Hurtado. News release

Packet-optical hits its stride: The packet-optical market grew 23 percent in Q1 2013, a Dell'Oro Group study reveals, making it the fastest-growing optical segment, and saw equipment sales of $4.6 billion in 2012. The optical market as a whole fell 4 percent in 2012, as providers move away from legacy SONET / SDH networks. Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN) holds 24 percent of the packet-optical equipment market globally, followed by Huawei. News release

Optical packet equipment market Dell'Oro

Optical Packet Equipment Market, 1Q 2013, based on revenue. (Source: Dell'Oro Group)