Two good articles pointing to the same enterprise VoIP tipping point :
- CRN article
Enterprise VoIP system sales are now far outpacing those of legacy systems, finds a new Merrill Lynch research report. As of last June, VoIP system sales showed 31 percent growth over the year before, while sales of traditional voice systems fell by 20 percent during the same period. The two fastest growing VoIP system vendors, according to the study, are Cisco Systems and Avaya. As of June, quarter-over-quarter market share for Cisco's pure-play VoIP products grew 15 percent, while market share for Avaya's hybrid VoIP products grew 14 percent during the same three month period, claims the report. Meanwhile, VoIP system vendors Alcatel, NEC, Nortel, and Siemens are all treading water,.
- Global Sources press release
Global Sources is projecting that worldwide PBX revenue is set to decline 1.4 percent in 2005. In 2004, the market's total revenue was $8.5 billion. The firm notes that the sector might hit a low of $8.38 billion in 2005. On the other hand, IP PBX is showing an upward trend, thanks to VoIP growth. IP PBX revenue is projected to grow by at least 15 percent to reach $2.88 billion, says the company. Total revenue from converged PBXs will likely grow by 10 percent to $1.38 billion. The combined revenue of $4.26 billion from IP PBX sales and converged PBX sales is expected to exceed the traditional PBX revenue of $4.12 billion for the first time in 2005, according to Global Sources.