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Week in research: Enterprise videoconferencing market shifts; Application servers set for growth

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Enterprise video market shifts: PBX-based videoconferencing and telepresence systems are picking up the slack of dedicated video systems, which are struggling as demand fell 26 percent sequentially between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2013. "Declines in dedicated systems are almost perfectly offset by growth in PBX systems, which doubled year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013, as enterprises seek out lower-cost multimedia communication solutions," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research. While worldwide revenue for enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence fell 20 percent sequentially to $661 million, sales of PBX-based systems grew 18 percent in the same period, and jumped 118 percent year-over-year. Videophones are the fastest-growing endpoint equipment segment of this market, and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) remains in the lead for overall equipment sales, with Polycom and Huawei following. Release

Infonetics enteprise videoconferencing vendors

Steady growth in facilities-based calling: Use of U.S.-international facilities for international voice calls, as well as other services like private line, grew 18 percent in 2011, according to a newly released Circuit Status Report compiled by the FCC's International Bureau. The report, available for PDF download here, compiles information provided by U.S. facilities-based international common carriers and covers not just terrestrial links but satellite and undersea cables as well. In addition to the capacity growth, the number of activated 64 kbps equivalent circuits at the end of 2011 totaled 28.8 million, up from 24.4 million circuits in the previous year. Release

Application servers rise: The ever-increasing demand for multimedia services will be a key driver in a predicted compound annual growth rate of 15.05 percent for the telecom application server market between 2012 and 2016, a Research and Markets report says.  Oracle, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Broadsoft and Comverse will be dominant forces in this segment. Release