Video-conferencing Hardware In Demand

Research firm IDC reported that worldwide sales of video-conferencing equipment were up 15.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 while year-on-year sales increased 4 per cent, although market value for the full year was down 6.8 per cent.

Multi-coded telepresence equipment revenue declined 6.9 per cent quarter-over-quarter and 19.4 per cent year-on-year.

Room-based video system revenue increased 11.8 per cent in Q4 and 12.6 per cent year-on-year.

Personal video-conferencing systems revenue – including executive desktop systems – increased significantly, 64.8 per cent in Q4 and 25.4 per cent year-on-year.

Video infrastructure equipment revenue (US$136 million) – including MCUs and other video-related infrastructure – increased 19.9 per cent in Q4 but declined 14.9 per cent year-on-year.

Asia Pacific, revenue increased 12.2 per cent in Q4 and 5.4 per cent year-on-year.

“Although the worldwide video-conferencing equipment market enjoyed positive quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year revenue growth in some market segments in Q4 overall the market experienced its third consecutive year of declining revenue in the full-year 2014,” Rich Costello, senior analyst, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC, said. “The results are reflective of the on-going market transition from a primarily hardware-based technology to one impacted by the growing interest in software-based solutions and video subscription services.”

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