197.2 mln residential VOIP subscribers worldwide in 2010

The number of residential VoIP subscribers worldwide is predicted to rise to 197.2 mln in 2010, up more than 40x from 4.8 mln in 2004. This will drive worldwide wireline VoIP equipment revenue to $24.5 bln in 2010, more than three times the $8.04 bln in sales in 2004. In 2005, VoIP equipment revenue is expected to be $12.9 bln, up 60% from 2004, iSuppli reports. With the rapid rise in consumer subscribers, the residential segment will be the fastest-growing portion of the entire VoIP equipment market, with revenue expanding to $10.6 bln in 2010, up 650% from $1.4 bln in 2004.