WebRTC World Feature Article

October 17, 2014

Disruptive Analysis Publishes WebRTC Industry Status & Forecasts Report, 2014 Edition

Disruptive Wireless, which is the personal blog of analyst Dean Bubley, has now published the WebRTC Industry Status & Forecasts Report, 2014 Edition. Bubley is a regular presenter and moderator at conferences, in custom workshops on a wide range of topics, and has studied and covered WebRTC since its inception in 2011.

The report provides a full analyst study on WebRTC, based on primary research and detailed quantitative market modelling, covering forecast uptake, key use-cases & companies, impact on telcos & enterprise, and in-depth analysis of critical strategic issues.

WebRTC is a technology that makes sense for next generation service delivery beyond standard voice and audio call interactions. WebRTC also makes peer-to-peer communication over the Web easy, as it gives the interactivity and flexibility that users now need and require. This is possible thanks to the fact that WebRTC is completely browser-based and does not require plugins to be used. It is a technology that can be used by any consumers and businesses regardless of location and equipment available.

According to Bubley’s report, the numbers of WebRTC users and devices is projected to exceed 1.6 and 4.2 billion by the end of 2016, respectively. The report is clear on the growth of WebRTC for both consumers’ communication apps and business-to-customer interactions. In fact, according to the research, 2 billion individuals (60 percent of Internet users) and over 6 billion devices will have WebRTC technology installed by 2019. The number of PCs and tablets adopting the technology will grow steadily, but the increase will be massive for WebRTC for smartphones. The growth of its use in consumers’ apps will be exponential.

Business communication will also benefit from WebRTC widespread adoption. The technology is used with new collaboration options through the cloud and new platforms that integrate video and audio in apps.

The report, however, also highlights that we will not need to wait for 2019 to see the potentials of this booming technology. In fact, the use with mobile devices will drive adoption already by 2015 thanks, possibly, to integration in Chrome and Android Webview and into 3rd party apps.

WebRTC has also been exciting the interest of telecom operators that are looking into offering the technology as part of their services and might have 500 million WebRTC users by 2019.

With many telcos having Web Real-time Communications (WebRTC) solutions already in development, as stated in the report regarding adoption by Telco WebRTC users for VoIP/VoLTE extension, Telco-OTT services & cable/IPTV, the demand for WebRTC will continue to grow. The report shows how we are currently living in an IP era and how the growth of integrated real-time communications on the Web is causing a disruption in the Market of OTT VoIP Services.

Edited by Maurice Nagle


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