Global Unified Communications Market: Snapshot
Unified communication systems are the need of the hour in the global corporate sector. The term ‘unified communications’ doesn’t signify any particular technology or system, but rather the concept of unifying the various communication channels used in the modern corporate sector in order to make communication convenient and efficient. The globalization of several industries in the past few years, driven by the rising purchasing power of consumers in emerging regions and the rising demand for product variation according to regional demand trends, has been the key driver for the global unified communications market.
The steady development of IT resources to make corporate processes smoother is likely to ensure steady growth of the unified communications market in the coming years. The global unified communications market is expected to reach a valuation of US$45 bn by the end of 2016 and further rise to US61.9 bn by the end of 2018.
Enterprise Sector to Dominate Demand from Unified Communications Market
The key end users of unified communications technologies are the government sector, healthcare, enterprises, education, and others. Of these, enterprises are likely to remain the leading contributor to the global unified communications market in the coming years due to the rising need for efficient communication channels. The availability of multifaceted communication suites also reduces the need for business travel, resulting in a lower cumulative carbon footprint. The decision-making process of any enterprise is also enhanced considerably by the incorporation of unified communications technologies.
The government sector is also likely to remain a key consumer of unified communications technologies in the coming years due to the rising demand for digitalization of government records, which are easier to share through multichannel communications pathways. The rising adoption of electronic health records systems in the healthcare sector, particularly in developed economies, is likely to ensure a steady demand for unified communications technologies from the healthcare sector in the coming years.
EMEA to Emerge as Leading Regional Unified Communications Market
The demand for unified communications technologies is strong in developed regions such as North America and Europe. Accordingly, these two are likely to remain the dominant regional markets for unified communications technologies in the coming years, with the Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) market establishing a firm lead in the global market’s hierarchy by the end of 2018. The EMEA unified communications market is expected to be valued at US$15.5 bn by the end of 2016 and further rise to US$22.9 bn by the end of 2018.
Asia Pacific is also likely to emerge as a leading regional market for unified communications technologies in the coming years and is expected to exhibit a rapid rise to overtake the North America unified communications market by the end of 2018. The rapid urbanization in Asia Pacific has led to several governments in the region making proactive efforts to enhance their healthcare and education sectors, which is likely to result in a steady demand for unified communications systems in the coming years.
The leading companies in the global unified communications market include IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Technologies, Polycom, Microsoft, NEC, Cisco Systems, and Siemens Enterprise Communications.
The global unified communications market has been witnessing substantial growth in the last few years, thanks to the rising penetration of mobile devices worldwide. Additionally, the emergence of innovative trends such as bring your own device (BYOD) among organizations is projected to boost the demand for unified communication solutions in the coming years. The global expansion of diverse multinational organizations has resulted in a growing need for communication with geographically dispersed employees and customers.
The global market for unified communications has been segmented on the basis of product type, end use, and geography. Key product types include cloud-based or hosted and on-premise. On the basis of end use, the global unified communications market has been classified into enterprises, healthcare, education, and government. Geographically, the global market has been divided into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.
The research study has made use of several analytical tools to determine the key growth prospects and lucrative opportunities in the global unified communications market. The study identifies the promising product and geographical segments in the market and throws light on the latest trends. The growth drivers and challenges influencing the growth of the global unified communications market have been discussed in the scope of the research report. In addition, a detailed vendor analysis, focusing on the company profiles, financial status, product portfolio, and business strategies has been included in the study.
Overview of the Global Unified Communications Market
As per the study, the global market is expected to reach a value of US$61.9 bn by the end of 2018 from US$22.8 bn in 2011. The market is estimated to exhibit a strong 15.70% CAGR between 2012 and 2018. The rising mobile workforce and increasing enterprise mobility are the primary factors expected to augment the growth of the global unified communications market in the forecast period. Moreover, technological advancements and rising investments by leading players are generating potential opportunities in the market, especially in the emerging and untapped economies.
Furthermore, the rising popularity of video as a source of communication and desktop-enabled videos are accelerating the growth of the global unified communications market. On the flip side, lack of interoperability among multi-vendor unified communication platforms and requirement of high initial cost are estimated to restrict the growth of the global market in the coming years. The leading companies in the market are promoting unified communications in order to enhance employee efficiency and reduce cost while reducing their carbon footprint by limiting the need to travel.
At present, North America is the dominant region and is expected to witness significant growth in the next few years. The Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) market for unified communications, on the other hand is projected to outpace the market’s growth in North America. This region is estimated to register a remarkable 21.0% CAGR between 2012 and 2018.
Companies Mentioned in the Research Report
Key players operating in the unified communications market across the globe are Avaya Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Polycom Inc., IBM Corporation, NEC Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc., Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. Kg, and Alcatel-Lucent. The rising demand for unified communication as a service solution is expected to attract the participation of several players, strengthening the competition of the market in the coming years.
Key Segments of the Global Unified Communications Market
Global Unified Communications Market, by Type
- Hosted or Cloud-based
Global Unified Communications Market, by End User Application
Global Unified Communications Market, by Geography
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World
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