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The Best & Worst Countries for VoIP in 2014 (and Beyond)

VOIP WHICH THE BEST & WORST COUNTRIES FOR VOIP IN 2014 (AND BEYOND) Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is the future of global telecommunications. The capabilities and cost saving advantages of VOIP over traditional telecom are driving its rapid acceptance as the new standard for voice communications. However, unlike past technological advancements, VOIP is seeing growth not just in advanced economies or specific sectors, but on an international scale. In fact, some of the fastest growing regions are those that traditionally have had less developed infrastructures. So where is this hot industry growing the fastest, and where is it facing resistance? We've crunched the numbers to get a truly global picture on the bright, bright future of VOIP. The Future of VOIP is... The global VOIP service sector is expected to be worth $82.7 billion by 2017, with a 6.46% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate). .Global: .Mobile: The number of global Over the Top (OTT) mobile VOIP subscribers increased more than 550 percent during 2012 to reach over 640 million and is expected to approach the 1 billion mark by the end of 2014. Skype is the leading OTT provider, with approximately 40% of the market share. .Demanding: Global voice traffic grew 5 percent in 2012, to 490 billion minutes - VOIP accounted for 34 percent of total minutes. ...Profitable: By 2016, mobile VoIP applications will generate annual revenues of $36 billion, driven by more than 180 million users worldwide. .Unprecedented: VOIP is slated to be the best performing industry of this decade, above biotechnology and ecommerce. Wired telecommunications is expected to be the worst performing industry. * THE GLOBAL LEADERS FRANCE JAPAN INDIA col Far and away, India is the fastest growing country for VOIP. With a traditionally poor telecom system (copper wire based), Internet based telephony is an increasingly attractive option.. 3 Japan is a global leader in both wired & With the 3rd highest total of VOIP subscribers in the mobile VOIP. Their world, 1 in 3 people in advanced Internet infrastructure is a boon for both VOIP users & providers. France utilize VOIP for voice communications. BEST OF THE REST USA Most VOIP subscribers, but lower overall usage. Lagging Internet infrastructure. SOUTH KOREA Exceptional Internet infrastructure, but government maintains a monopoly on service. BRAZIL Previous bans on VOIP have eased and now showing strong growth. The leader in South America. CHINA High growth but should be higher. Restrictions on Internet access and providers hampers expansion. INDONESIA King of mobile VOIP. Reliance on mobile networks may be limiting. THE 20TH CENTURY CLUB These countries have looked to halt VoIP growth in order to either limit free speech or protect native telecom companies. The majority of these limitations revolve around OTT VOIP apps like Skype. SAUDI ARABIA - Skype, Viber and other OTT providers are banned in Saudi Arabia in an effort to restrict speech and protect national telco Saudi Telecom. VIETNAM - Government recently proposed banning all foreign VolIP apps, tying in with their long standing policy of Internet 'self-censorship'. ETHIOPIA - In 2012 Ethiopia made headlines for introducing legislation that made unauthorized usage of VOIP apps a jailable offence (up to 15 years!). KUWAIT - While the official government position is that VOIP is not banned, access is limited and rumors of arrests and persecution for VoIP usage have spread, especially amongst expats. PAKISTAN - Recently proposed a ban on instant messaging and VOIP apps in parts of Pakistan in order to limit their usage by terrorists. VOIP GROWTH BY COUNTRY UNITED STATES FRANCE CHINA - Higher growth than global average: 10.15% CAGR - Most subscribers of any 32.09 million (2012) - Higher growth than global average: 10.4% CAGR - 6th most total subscribers: 10.15 million (2012) - 3rd most total subscribers: 21.19 million (2012) nation: - Highest VOIP proliferation of any nation: 93.6% of broadband subscribers (2012) - Low percentage of VoIP proliferation: 30% of broadband subscribers (2012) - 32.25% of population have a VOIP subscription (2012) - Very low VOIIP proliferation: 5.83% of broadband subscribers (2012) - Has traditionally restricted OTT VOIP accesS SOUTH KOREA - 4th most total subscribers: 12.54 million (2012) -4th highest VOIP proliferation: 64.2% of broadband subscribers (2012) - Govermment maintains a 10.150% 10.4% monopoly on VOIP service CAGR 32.09 million CAGR SUBSCRIBERS 10.15 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS JAPAN 3.95 - 2nd most total subscribers: million 28.92 million total SUBSCRIBERS subscribers (2012) 2nd highest VOIP proliferation: 77.5% of broadband subscribers (2012) - Highest mobile VOIP proliferation: 68.2% of smartphone users (2013) --> 3x the ratio of the closest HIGH LEVELS OF GROWTH RESISTANCE TO VOIP GROWTH Western nation Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar & China have debated, or have implemented, bans on VOIP or OTT in order to curtail free speech or protect native telecom industries. Brazil INDIA INDONESIA - Highest expected VoIP Growth: 27% CAGR - 9th most total subscribers: 3.95 million (2012) - High Level of mobile VOIP proliferation: 41% of smartphone users (2013) - Estimated 38% of South America VOIP market - Government backing and support of VOIP expansion (National Telecom Policy of 2012) share (2014) - 307 million mobile subscribers vs. 6.8 - 34% growth between Q2 2012 and Q1 2013 million fixed Internet subscribers (2013) - National telecom, Brasil Telecom, has moved to restrict VOIP growth - KakaoTalk, a mobile OTT provider, saw 288% growth in Indonesian subscribers in one month (Jan-Feb 2013) The future of VOIP is international. The acceptance of this technology by both governments and telecom companies will play a large role in determining which countries lead the way. Those that do will reap the benefits of advanced telecom networks, while those that don't may very well be left in the digital dust. 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The Best & Worst Countries for VoIP in 2014 (and Beyond)

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We looked at VoIP growth, adoption rates and politics to determine which countries have the brightest outlook for VoIP, and which are lagging behind. See who made the top 3 and learn how people across...

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