Demand for video conferencing hardware remains strong

Demand for video conferencing hardware remains strong

The evidence proving the popularity of video conferencing is mounting, with an increasing number of companies beginning to recognise the benefits that come with using such platforms.

There are a number of software platforms available for accommodating this technology, many of which rely on necessary hardware to ensure high-quality results.

One of the main obstacles to video conferencing adoption has related to concerns over quality, making the right choice of hardware an essential part of successful implementation.

As a result, the market for video conferencing hardware has seen tremendous strength recently, with research firm IDC estimating that global sales of video conferencing equipment increased by 15.8 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2014

Year-on-year sales increased by four per cent, but the market value for the full year was down by 6.8 per cent.  

Looking at the breakdown of video conferencing hardware, revenue for multi-coded tele-presence equipment was down by 6.9 per cent quarter-over-quarter and 19.4 per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, room-based video system revenue was up by 11.8 per cent in the fourth quarter and 12.6 per cent year-on-year.

Revenue from video conferencing systems, which includes executive desktop systems, saw substantial gains of 64.8 per cent in Q4 and 25.4 per cent year-on-year.

Rich Costello, senior analyst, enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC, said: "Although the worldwide video-conferencing equipment market enjoyed positive quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year revenue growth in some market segments in Q4 overall the market experienced its third consecutive year of declining revenue in the full-year 2014.

"The results are reflective of the on-going market transition from a primarily hardware-based technology to one impacted by the growing interest in software-based solutions and video subscription services."