Report: PBX-based systems keeping enterprise video market afloat

Sales of PBX-based video systems are up 118% from the year-ago quarter, reports Infonetics Research.

Infonetics Research has released highlights from its 1st quarter (1Q13) Enterprise Telepresence and Video Conferencing Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks dedicated and PBX-based videoconferencing and telepresence infrastructure and endpoints. According to the report, worldwide revenue for enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment and software declined to $661 million in 1Q13, a 20% sequential drop. Further, dedicated system sales fell 26% in 1Q13 from 4Q12, mostly due to slow demand for immersive telepresence systems.

Conversely, the report states that sales of PBX-based video systems grew 18% sequentially in 1Q13, and are up 118% from the year-ago quarter, according to the firm. “Dedicated video systems continue to struggle, but PBX-based systems are picking up the slack,” comments Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research. “Declines in dedicated systems are almost perfectly offset by growth in PBX systems, which doubled year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013, as enterprises seek out lower-cost multimedia communication solutions.”

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The report reveals that videophones, the fastest-growing hardware endpoint segment, posted another strong quarter. The research adds that brisk sales in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) were a surprise in 1Q13, outstripping growth in North America and Asia Pacific. In terms of market share, Cisco continued to lead as the top provider of videoconferencing equipment, followed by Polycom and Huawei.

Infonetics’ quarterly videoconferencing report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017 and analysis for dedicated enterprise video equipment, including infrastructure, endpoints, PBX videophones and software-based videoconferencing clients. Vendors tracked include Avaya, Cisco, Huawei, Logitech, Microsoft, Polycom, others. Learn more about the report.

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