Enterprise PBX Sales Jump 11% In 3Q07 – Cisco Pulls Ahead of the Pack

After dipping 1% in the previous quarter, enterprise telephony equipment manufacturers saw an 11% jump in worldwide sales in 3Q07 to reach $2.6 billion, according to Infonetics Research’s latest Enterprise Telephony report.

Revenue and shipments increased in all enterprise telephony categories tracked by Infonetics, led by the TDM segment, which outpaced IP PBX sales in 3Q07, the report shows.

“The Big Three (Avaya, Cisco, and Nortel) had excellent quarters, all growing well into the double digits,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data at Infonetics Research. “The bump this quarter was partially due to seasonal factors, as the third quarter tends to be strong, but also because of increased demand across the board, even in the TDM segment. Overall, 2007 is on track for high single-digit growth over 2006.”

Other highlights from the report:

– Cisco pulls away from the pack in 3Q07, after several quarters of neck and neck competition between the top 5 IP PBX vendors

– Worldwide VoIP gateway sales are up 10% in 3Q07 over 2Q07

– The overall enterprise telephony market is forecast to grow to $12 billion in 2010

– Hybrid PBX systems account for 64% of all PBX/KTS system line shipments worldwide; pure IP lines account for 18%, TDM lines 17%

– IP phone shipments are forecast to grow in the double digits each year through 2010