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July 22, 2008

Wainhouse Research: Videoconferencing Market to See Record Growth

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

According to Wainhouse Research, the videoconferencing market is projected to see record-setting growth over the next five years.
The latest release of Wainhouse Research’s annual study of the videoconferencing market covers all phases of the enterprise videoconferencing equipment market, including telepresence systems, room videoconferencing devices, and personal/desktop videoconferencing solutions.
The market analysis by the research firm predicts that growth over the next two years will be more in line with long-term figures, but then will return to the hyper-growth numbers experienced by the industry in the past 18 months.
With telepresence-like units expected to grow at over 21 percent CAGR, enterprise group system revenues are expected to grow at a compound rate of 18 percent over the 5-year forecast period; about twice the growth rate of the past decade.
The market for enterprise personal videoconferencing units is estimated to explode with a growth rate exceeding 50 percent per year, driven by multiple factors, including the adoption of Unified Communications (News - Alert), the drive to reduce corporate travel, and the emergence of a new class of high performance systems.
According to Wainhouse Research, the overall endpoint market will grow from $1.3 billion in 2007 to over $4.9 billion in 2013. Videoconferencing infrastructure product revenues, including MCUs, gateways, and gatekeepers, are forecast to grow to $725 million during the same time frame.
Wainhouse Research’s 96-page report, “Rich Media Conferencing - 2008 Volume 2: Enterprise Videoconferencing Endpoints and Infrastructure”, includes a complete and detailed product forecast, historical market trends and figures, and a description of the 12 major drivers that are taking videoconferencing into the enterprise mainstream.
Also included in the report is a short description of thirty vendors identified by Wainhouse Research as leaders, influencers, and contenders in the videoconferencing market. The vendors highlighted include Adobe, Aethra, AVCON, Avistar, Cisco, Compunetix (News - Alert), Dialcom, DVE, Emblaze-VCON, HP, Huawei, IBM Lotus, IOCOM, Kedacom, LifeSize, Microsoft, Mirial, Polycom, RADVISION, Sony, Tandberg, Telanetix, Telepresence (News - Alert) Tech, Teliris, V2, VidSoft, Vidyo, Visual Nexus, VTEL, and ZTE.
This report is Volume 2 of Wainhouse Research's annual three-part study covering the conferencing industry. Volume 1 covers infrastructure products and technologies and Volume 3 covers service providers.
Details, including an executive summary and table of contents, are available at
Wainhouse Research provides strategic guidance and insight on products and services for Real-Time Unified Communications. Their global client base includes established and new technology suppliers and service providers as well as enterprise users of voice, video, streaming, distance education and web collaboration solutions.
Michelle Robart is a Contributing Editor at TMCnet. To read more of her articles please visit her columnist page.

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