Voice-over-Internet-protocol penetration is expected to reach 17% of broadband-enabled households, growing from under 1 million at the end of this year to 11.7 million in 2008, according to a new study from Analysys.
The researcher also sees broadband-enabled small-business establishments soaring from fewer than 100,000 in 2004 to 800,000 in 2008.
Together, Analysys sees consumers and small businesses providing nearly13 million VoIP subscriptions and $5.7 billion in annual service revenue in 2008.
“VoIP will have a fundamental impact on all aspects of U.S. telecommunications because it causes fragmentation of supply and services offered," said Michael Kende, co-author of the report and a principal consultant within Analysys' Washington, D.C., office, in a prepared statement.
“The U.S. voice market will finally lose its monolithic character, but VoIP is unlikely to replace traditional PSTN [public switched telephone network] voice during this decade,” he added.