Cisco aims at unified communications target

The market for unified communications is tipped to double in size over the next five years to reach US$50 billion, said networking giant Cisco.

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By  Administrator Published  June 30, 2007

The market for unified communications is tipped to double in size over the next five years to reach US$50 billion, said networking giant Cisco.

Samer Alkharrat (pictured), Cisco Gulf's managing director, said he expected the market for unified communications to grow from its current $25 billion to $50 billion over the next five years. "It is a market that is a moving target in terms of size and growth," he said.

Alkharrat added that the networking giant was targeting $10 billion from the unified communications market over the next three years, equivalent to a third of its total business. "We as a company are $30 billion, the total size of Cisco, so for this market to be $10 billion, it is a $10 billion dollar bet," he said.

The Middle East is one of the fastest regions in terms of the deployment of telephony, according to Alkharrat.

This is partly because of the growth of business in the region in general, partly because there are fewer legacy systems, and partly because of the comparatively young age of the population, he pointed out.

"We will over the next five years see the seamless integration of devices over the same infrastructure. When that happens, unified communications will be at the heart of it," Alkharrat said, elaborating on the relevance of the technology. "Traditional systems are disappearing. New enabled, converged systems - are taking over," he added.

Cisco also unveiled the sixth release of its unified communications solution.The Unified Communications system 6.0, a communications system for voice, video and data, will include a number of new products or product enhancements, according to Alkharrat.

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