SOURCE: Wainhouse

December 16, 2008 07:00 ET

Annual Survey Shows Sharp Uptick for High Definition Videoconferencing and Telepresence

One Third of Videoconferencing Managers Report Economic Crisis Likely to Lead to Accelerated Deployments, Not Slowdowns

DUXBURY, MA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Based on results from the firm's annual survey of videoconferencing end users, Wainhouse Research reports that customers are continuing their investments in visual collaboration solutions, even in the current economic climate, with the two largest drivers being travel reduction and improved decision making.

Survey results from 247 videoconferencing users indicate that in the past year, both interest in and purchases of more advanced visual solutions have increased dramatically, with respondents claiming that 32% of the deployed systems can now support 720p HD videoconferencing. Furthermore, 23% of respondents have either deployed telepresence suites or are planning on deploying within one year. To support these and other unified communications applications, customers are continuing their migration to IP, with users reporting that 76% of video calls now take place on an IP network, up from 66% one year earlier. In addition, interest in integrating videoconferencing to unified communications platforms has grown significantly.

Besides the 2008 Videoconferencing End User Survey, other Wainhouse Research Rich Media Metrics reports for 2008 include 1) Videoconferencing Channel Partner Survey, 2) Unified Communications Survey, and 3) Service Provider Customer Survey. Each report is $2495 and may be obtained by contacting Client Services Manager Sara Fargo at sfargo@wainhouse.com or +1 781 934 6165.

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