The sale of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology to service providers is booming, with consumers and small offices helping to drive the trend to next generation voice services.
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Analyst Infonetics Research said worldwide sales of VoIP kit to carriers jumped 32% between 2005 and 2006, to reach $3.3bn (£1.73bn).
Infonetics expects the service provider next generation voice equipment market to more than double between 2006 and 2010, when it will reach $6.9bn worldwide.
Infonetics analyst Stéphane Téral said, "The five-year outlook for the overall market looks good, pointing to a sustainable investment cycle."
Infonetics predicts that the number of worldwide residential and SoHo VoIP subscribers will nearly quadruple between 2006 to 2010.
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