Video conferencing equipment market shines in Asia Pacific, struggles everywhere else

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IDC’s latest prognostication, on the global enterprise video conferencing equipment market, argues the space could be improved; overall equipment revenue increased 2.0% quarter by quarter, but went down 0.4% year over year.

Perhaps not surprisingly the key vendor to look out for, according to the research, was Cisco. Despite results showing revenue decreases both quarterly (0.6%) and yearly (3.2%), the giant still held a 44.3% share of the global market. Polycom, with greater losses than Cisco (-3.6% quarterly, -20.8% yearly), holds a 19.7% share, while coming up on the rails is Huawei, with 30.1% quarterly and 41.6% yearly revenue increases as of Q216 and third place overall with a 14.2% share.

Cisco’s travails in this particular market have been well documented. As enterprise video conferencing falls under a more general banner of collaboration, the general consensus is that while Cisco remains the leader, the bulk of their revenues come from the on-premise side. Microsoft, behind Cisco, leads in the faster-growing cloud-hosted segment. Cisco last month announced Meeting Server, a product which offers compatibility with Skype for Business.

“Worldwide videoconferencing equipment revenue managed a modest 2% sequential gain in the second quarter, thanks mostly to strength in the Asia Pacific region,” said Rich Costello, IDC senior analyst for enterprise communications infrastructure. “Year over year revenue was slightly negative in the quarter, as the challenge continues for vendors to maintain positive video equipment revenue growth.

“We also saw a good trend continue in this quarter, as the number of video units sold increased both quarter over quarter and year over year, albeit at modest growth levels,” Costello added.

The Asia Pacific figures are in stark contrast with other regions. While Asia Pacific went up 14.2% quarter over quarter and 19.5% year over year, North America (-4.8% quarterly, -3.1% yearly), Latin America (-12.1% and -14.0%) and EMEA (-1.2% and -15.2%) all fell. 

 

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