Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Market Sees Mixed Third Quarter Equipment Revenue Results, According to IDC
From a market segment perspective, the quarterly revenue growth was positive across all segments, while the yearly revenue growth was just the opposite. Multi-codec immersive telepresence equipment revenue was up 13.1% quarter over quarter, but still declined -16.3% year over year. Similarly, video infrastructure equipment, including hardware MCUs and other video-related products, increased 13.7% quarter over quarter, but declined -16.7% year over year. Room-based video systems increased 6% quarter over quarter in 3Q13, but decreased 5% year over year. And desktop video systems showed 4.7% revenue growth quarter over quarter, but declined -13.6% year over year in 3Q13.
Regionally, Latin America (41.8%), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) (22.6%), and North America (3.9%) all showed positive quarter-over-quarter revenue growth in 3Q13, while revenue in Asia/Pacific (-3.7%) declined quarter over quarter. In addition, Asia/Pacific (-13.7%) and North America (-18.2%) showed the largest year-over-year declines in 3Q13, while both EMEA (3.4%) and Latin America (10.7%) experienced year-over-year revenue growth.
"Interest in video and collaboration technology and applications helped the quarterly revenue numbers. But the lingering macroeconomic situation – including some softness in emerging markets, the recession in Europe, and the sequestration in the U.S. (i.e. budget cuts) – produced some cautionary IT spending that has impacted year-over-year video equipment revenue growth so far in 2013," said Rich Costello, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "In addition and most significantly, we are definitely starting to see the impact of lower-cost video systems and more software-centric products and offerings on the enterprise video equipment market."
Key Vendor Updates:
- Cisco's 3Q13 results showed a 17.9% quarter-over-quarter revenue increase, but a -7.6% year-over-year decline in video equipment revenue. Cisco remains the leader in enterprise videoconferencing equipment with a 44.7% share of the worldwide market.
- Polycom's revenue decreased -11.4% quarter over quarter in 3Q13 and was down -14.5% year over year in the quarter. Polycom ranks second in enterprise videoconferencing equipment with a 23.9% share of the worldwide market.
- Huawei's 43.2% quarter-over-quarter revenue increase and 2.5% year-over-year revenue increase in 3Q13 were good for a third-ranked 10.1% share of the worldwide enterprise videoconferencing market.
"Video as a key component of collaboration continues to place high on the list of priorities for many organizations," said Petr Jirovský, Research Manager, Worldwide Networking Trackers. "IDC believes that among the challenges customers are currently trying to work through are exactly when and how to provision their video deployments, as more software-centric solutions and video cloud service offerings become part of the enterprise video market landscape."