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Cisco, Polycom Top Vendors in Ailing Video Conferencing Equipment Space

August 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jeffrey Burt / eWeek

Video collaboration is still popular, but users are migrating to software-based solutions and lower-cost systems, according to IDC analysts.

The continued shift of video conferencing to software and smaller and lower-cost systems is continuing to take its toll on a video communications equipment market that is in decline, according to IDC analysts.

The analysts found that in the second quarter, worldwide revenues for video conferencing equipment fell 10.7 percent over the same period in 2012, coming in at more than $532 million. That number is 34.3 percent below the record set in the fourth quarter of 2011, IDC said in a report released Aug. 28.

Video conferencing itself it still growing in popularity, according to Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst, Worldwide Networking Trackers Research at IDC. What's happening is that how business people are using the technology is changing.

"Despite the overall weak 2Q13 results in the worldwide enterprise videoconferencing equipment market, we are still seeing interest in videoconferencing being driven by integrations with vendors' unified communications and collaboration portfolios, and the proliferation of video among desktop and mobile users," Jirovsky said in a statement. "Video as a key component of collaboration continues to place high on the list of priorities for many organizations."�

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