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Video Conferencing/AV Channel Consolidation on the Rise

October 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Things are heating up and acquisitions are on the uptick, with more on the horizon.

At Wainhouse Research, we've noted increasing pressure on the channel caused by a combination of changing user expectations, ongoing price and margin reductions, and increased competition from existing and new market entrants. We've expected consolidation within the channel for quite a while, yet it's been slow to come - until recently.

Just this week, top player AVI-SPL picked up the pace with its acquisition of Canadian integration firm Sharp's Audio Visual, which is headquartered in Calgary with eight locations across six provinces.

AVI-SPL designs, installs, and supports enterprise-level AV communication and collaboration solutions for meeting rooms, stadiums, control rooms, and distance-learning environments. According to the company, this transaction creates the channel's first national solutions provider in Canada.

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