Cisco leads enterprise session border controllers market in 2012, ahead of Oracle

Infotech Lead India: Cisco is leading the enterprise session border controllers market in 2012, ahead of Oracle-owned Acme Packet.

Price competition has affected Enterprise Session Border Controllers market to report 9 percent growth to $180 million in 2012.

In addition to price erosion, SBC sessions are shipping at a much slower rate than anticipated in Asia, EMEA and Latin America due to slower adoption of SIP trunking and poor economic conditions in some countries.

In 2012, Cisco maintains a slight lead ahead of Acme Packet, which is being acquired by Oracle.

All vendors except Acme Packet increased their enterprise SBC revenue in 2012, and many of the smaller enterprise SBC vendors gained market share.

The global enterprise SBC market will grow at 17 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2012 to 2017.

Demand for enterprise SBCs is very strong in North America, where shipments of SBC sessions grew even faster than we forecast for 2012 and where revenue makes up about three-quarters of the global market.

Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics Research, said: “North America’s eSBC dominance is attributable mostly to the growing adoption of SIP trunking, largely by companies who stand to benefit from trunking centralization.”

Reflecting Infonetics’ forecast of double-digit percent growth in 2013, several vendors are trying to gain market share in the eSBC market.

For instance, Adtran, a provider of networking solutions, announced enhancements to its NetVanta series. The eSBC Feature Pack has been added to its NetVanta 4430 series, and the session capabilities of the NetVanta 3430 have been doubled.

This application is designed to address the need of service providers to monitor and manage their growing demand for SIP Trunking services.

Pete Hicks, senior director, product management, Charter Business, said: “Adtran’s eSBCs provide an easy-to-manage demarcation device that handles the normalization, security and monitoring of our rapidly growing SIP Trunking service offering.”

The NetVanta 4430 with eSBC Feature Pack can support up to 300 sessions while the NetVanta 3430 can now support up to 100 sessions.

Chris Thompson, Adtran’s director of product management, Cloud Connectivity Solutions, said: “Our customers rely on us for technology to drive network efficiency and to open up new paths for service and revenue growth.”

Ambika K

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