Local area network (Lan) telephony sales enjoyed "stellar growth" in 2002 as shipments rocketed more than 60 per cent compared with the previous year, analysts said yesterday.
The enterprise Voice-over-IP (VoIP) market is poised to continue its forward march, and 2003 will be the year when IP station shipments first exceed traditional PBX stations, according to predictions from high-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR.
"This market's size is tied closely to two things: the size of the enterprise voice market; and the percentage of enterprise voice solutions that migrate to IP," said senior In-Stat/MDR analyst Brian Strachman.
"While the overall enterprise voice market is down, the percentage of migrations to Lan telephony is up, resulting in growth.
"And while few companies are scrapping perfectly good PBXs in favour of an IP system, an increasing number are choosing IP instead of a traditional PBX."
The analyst firm found that the growth has come from improved products, increased numbers of traditional vendors offering IP-based products and a movement in the buying community towards future-proofing their networks.
According to the research, Cisco remains the 500lb gorilla in the enterprise VoIP space, as well as the enterprise networking market, and there is no sign of this changing in the near future.
Cisco's sales constitute over one third of the total market, with its closest competitor barely reaching half that amount.
The In-Stat/MDR study predicted that the IP PBX will continue to have success, particularly if the economy improves and the total number of enterprise voice system sales increases.
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