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January 24, 2014

Video Conferencing, Video Chat Services Create Demand for WebRTC

The market for Web Real-time Communications (WebRTC) is predicted to see “strong growth” because of increased popularity of real-time video chat services and video conferencing, according to a new industry report.

It was reported, as well, how market growth in WebRTC comes as a result of more penetration found with mobile devices, the streamlining of business communication and the need among customers for more economical options, according to the report called “Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC)” from Global Industry Analysts (GIA).

WebRTC is an API being drawn up by the World Wide Web Consortium, which offers Web browsers real-time communications capabilities via Javascript APIs. In addition, RTC applications can be developed in the browser through simpler Javascript APIs and HTML5.

In a recent report, ABI Research predicts there will be 4.7 billion mobile WebRTC devices by 2018. That comes after an earlier report from Disruptive Analysis which predicts 4 billion WebRTC-enabled devices by 2016. “If we add the 1.5B PCs referenced in 2016 in that report to the 4.7B mobile devices in the ABI research report, we come to a grand total of over 6.2B devices in 2018,” according to UC Strategies.

AT&T, Telefonica, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson and various new WebRTC applications will encourage the growth, the ABI study said, adding that Apple and Microsoft may adopt WebRTC, too, given its lucrative market potential.

It was also reported how WebRTC is an option to more “costly” video conferencing services, GIA said. Financial services, healthcare and insurance are among the sectors which could be end-users of WebRTC-based video, the report adds.

WebRTC is an HTML5 standard that includes text, video and voice communication in web-based browsers. The WebRTC open source frameworks provides for RTC, too, such as audio/video chatting, peer-to-peer file sharing, gaming, messaging, voice calls and white boarding.

Among the companies highlighted in the GIA report are AT&T, Avaya, Ericsson, Google, Huawei Technologies Co., Net Medical Xpress Solutions, Plivo, Tango Networks and TokBox.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker
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