Week in research: Enterprise PBX sales hold firm; 10G controllers/adapters grow in Q2

Enterprise phone sales hold firm: While the global enterprise PBX market slid a bit in the second quarter of 2012, sales of PBX systems in North America and Latin America took an upward track, says Infonetics Research in a new report. The global market, including TDM, hybrid, and pure IP PBXs, saw $2 billion in sales, down 2.6 percent sequentially and 1.4 percent year over year. However, North America recorded a 5 percent increase over Q1 and a 6.4 percent growth in sales year-over-year. "While we still expect 2012 to eke out some growth compared to 2011, we have lowered our forecast slightly due to continued weakness in Europe, where many businesses continue to push off spending in an area where existing telephony solutions still get the job done," said Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP and IMS. News release

Infonetics top PBX vendors Q2 2012

OTT takes off in Eastern Europe: Online video content delivery is taking off in Eastern European countries, reports Informa Telecoms and Media, with over-the-top video climbing from 12 percent of all Internet traffic in the region in 2010 to more than 27 percent by 2015. "The number of connected devices is set to dramatically increase over the next five years," said Michael Dean, research analyst at Informa. "In 2011 the installed base of all in-home connected devices was about 6.1 million, but we forecast that by the end of 2016 the number will have risen to just under of 100 million, fuelling additional OTT-service launches." Turkey is considered an epicenter of OTT activity in the area, with manufacturing of CE devices growing quickly and a number of key players in the country jockeying for position. News release

10G rules the roost: The 10 Gbps controller and adapter market saw sequential growth of 19 percent between Q1 and Q2 2012, reaching $150 million in revenues, said Dell'Oro Group in a new report. That's the highest growth rate in more than two years. Intel shifted into first place in the number of port shipments during Q2, followed by Broadcom. Cisco and Emulex also saw notable revenues in this area. "Besides cloud and high performance computing, enterprise customers' appetite for 10 Gbps is heating up, propelled by the launch of Intel's new server platform named 'Romley,'" said Sameh Boujelbene, senior analyst covering controllers and adapters at Dell'Oro. News release