World VoIP NewsNimbuzz gets 3.65 billion annual mobile VOIP minutes
Nimbuzz gets 3.65 billion annual mobile VOIP minutes
Dutch company Nimbuzz, based in Rotterdam, offering mobile VoIP applications in form of integrated voice, chat and messaging services from various providers like Skype, Microsoft and Google, announced that it surpassed 3.65 billion mobile voice minutes per year. Near half of these minutes were paid calls trough ‘ ’ Nimbuzz Out’ ’ , whereas another half was free calls between Nimbuzz ViOP services users. Nimbuzz is notorious to be in a stable top 5 position of the downloads on Getjar, an application store which serves multiple mobile platforms, and Nokia’ s Ovi store.
A predictive research from In-stat on VoIP in 2013 indicates that more than 50% of users in 2013 will operate mobile VoIP through providers like Nimbuzz, while about one-third will relay on mobile so called VOIPVoIP services from regular mobile carriers. As per study, about 11% of customers will make VOIP calls with operators using WiMax or LTE, two rival standards for fourth-generation fast wireless networks. If currently the EMEA region presents the indicators of having more mobile VoIP revenue, Asia-Pacific is expected to be the biggest regional market in revenue senses by 2013.
Nimbuzz CEO Evert-Jaap Lugt described the common trends of VOIP services, saying that one of the general alterations in the last one-two years is in the attitude of the mobile carriers, swapping the total hostility to mobile VOIP by more benevolence. Now they are starting to seek the forms of partnership with providers like Nimbuzz. Another way is the creating a VoIP platform, but mobile providers don’ t have a good track record on innovating in the VoIP field or on capitalizing on acquisitions. As the example CEO mentioned the failure of Vodafone 360.
In Lugt’ s opinion, mobile carriers have the ability to deliver a level of quality of service which cannot be matched by VoIP on the open Web. Capacity is running out fast in current 3G networks but a carrier can leverage this by providing the first leg of a mobile VoIP call (the mobile phone to base station link) over 3G and then route via the Internet. In upcoming all-Internet 4G networks, where capacity will be much higher, VOIP calls can be routed entirely over the carrier’ s network.
Anyway, Company’ s officials don’ t think solely higher capacity will solve the bandwidth shortcomings. As per the statement, carriers should start blocking data services which are not monetizable, e.g. Youtube videos, and offer multiple mobile data plans with different bandwidth rates.
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