IM, VoIP Companies Ripe For Merging?

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IM, VoIP Companies Ripe For Merging?

ABI Research issued a “wake-up call” to a number of industry players this morning, suggesting that a merger or acquisition pairing an IM company and a VoIP company might result in a huge revenue opportunity.

According to Vamsi Sistla, director of broadband and residential entertainment technologies at ABI Research, “Millions of people use the big IM services. Some use their voice capabilities. But the experience is pretty horrible. You have to sit at a computer, use a microphone, and speak loudly. And it goes over the public Internet, so quality is poor and security is suspect.”

Regarding the large IM companies, Sistla continued, “Why aren’t they doing anything about it? They have an established presence: why don’t they buy out a Vonage, an Avaya or a Voiceglo, integrate their technology and start offering packages to existing and new subscribers? Isn’t that a huge revenue opportunity for them?”

The big IM companies may be waiting for the VoIP market to shake out before eyeing the survivors, or they may just have other priorities. “I’m not saying that Vonage or any of the others are ready for sale,” Sistla adds, “but there would be definite benefits to such an acquisition.”

ABI’s study Residential VoIP Markets: Cable, DSL, WiMAX, Hosted IP Telephony Subscribers and CPE lays out the drivers, barriers, and opportunities in the broadband VoIP market. Forecasts include subscribers, subscriber revenue, CPE shipments, and CPE revenue.

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