hosted IPGlobal sales of pure IP, hybrid and TDM PBX enterprise telephone systems rose on a quarterly basis in 3Q 2015 but were down year-over-year. Sales of unified communications (UC) also rose from 2Q, but were flat year-over-year, according to the latest market data from IHS-Infonetics Research.

Global 3Q sales of IP, hybrid and TDM PBX enterprise telephone systems totaled $1.6 billion, up 3.9 percent quarterly but down 7 percent from 3Q 2014. 3Q sales of UC solutions rose 5.4 percent quarterly and were flat year-over-year.

Enterprise Phone System Sales
Commenting on the research results, IHS research director for VoIP, UC and IMS Diane Myers stated: “Businesses are moving purchases to recurring expense models where they pay for solutions over the course of a contract — typically three to five years.

¨PBX and UC licenses are recognized as they ship, but revenue isn’t recorded until the vendors report it. The shift in spending has created swings in the enterprise telephony market, causing revenue per line to fluctuate on a quarterly basis.”

Other highlights from the IHS Infonetics Enterprise Unified Communications and Voice Equipment report include:

  • The only PBX vendor to notch measurable year-over-year revenue growth, Cisco again led the pack in 3Q15; Avaya took the 2-spot
  • Microsoft was once again tops in UC revenue market share in Q3
  • IHS projects the worldwide PBX market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -0.1% between 2014 and 2019 as the market flattens out, reaching $6.9 billion in 2019

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