A lot of emphasis to date has been on deployments in developing markets which are heavily dependent on prepaid charging and on implementations in greenfield sites. Whilst these deployments will continue to offer good opportunities for suppliers, the greatest revenue opportunities over the next five years are likely to arise in slower growing, and highly competitive European markets with more complex integration requirements.
- External spend by European operators on convergent mobile charging solutions is forecast to grow from just over $100 million in 2006 to over $350 million per annum by 2009.
- Over the whole period 2006 to 2011 cumulative external spend by
European operators is forecast to be in excess of $1.6 billion, 34% of the
The next largest region in terms of cumulative expenditure is expected to
be the Rest of the World region, containing the developing markets of Africa, Middle East and Russia. This region contains a large number of countries and mobile operators and is expected to account for 25% of global expenditure on convergent mobile charging solutions 2006 to 2011.
Substantial expenditure can also be expected in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American markets, but the North American market is forecast to be the least
lucrative market for suppliers over the period.