T3i Group Report Says Global Economy Affected Most 2008 Business Telephony Shipments, But CALA Showed New Growth

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Global line shipments in 2008 were down 6 percent compared with 2007, and the price per line also decreased significantly, both as a result of the worldwide economic downturn.

According to new research from T3i Group LLC, 2008 global line shipments were down 6 percent compared with 2007, and the price per line also decreased significantly, both as a result of the worldwide economic downturn. Global 2008 manufacturer revenues totaled $15.2 billion, down 8 percent from 2007.

The just-released "Global InfoTrack for Enterprise Communications Full Year 2008 Report" noted Cisco led the worldwide field in annual shipments for the first time, followed by Nortel and Avaya. Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent are the only two vendors to have experienced global line-shipment growth during the past four years.

While shipments and revenues decreased last year in nearly every region of the world, hardest hit was Asia Pacific (APAC), where line shipments fell 13.5 percent year over year, and revenues totaled $3.5 billion. NEC continued to lead APAC. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), line shipments were down 1 percent compared with 2007. However, Alcatel reported 3-percent growth and led EMEA 2008 shipments, while Siemens, with its direct channels, led in revenues. The Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region was the only one to produce consistent growth last year, with line shipments up more than 2 percent; more than 50 percent of vendors serving the area continue to experience favorable growth. Brazil led that growth, with a 9-percent hike in line installations. Number One in CALA sales, the report said, was Siemens, the leader in line shipments and revenue, followed by Panasonic.

T3i Group research found that more than 71 percent of global shipments were IP/IP-capable.

According to Bob Olson, Voice Technologies Analyst at T3i Group and author of the report, "Eighty-two percent of North American line shipments in 2008 were IP, the highest of any region, followed by Western Europe at 78 percent and Eastern Europe at 59 percent." He added, "APAC had lowest percentage of IP shipment penetration compared with the other regions because the infrastructure to support IP telephony is not yet available in developing countries within that region. And because of the current global economic condition, the capex to fund infrastructure build-out has vanished."

For more information about the "Global InfoTrack for Enterprise Communications Full Year 2008 Report," go to http://www.telecomweb.com/giec/ or contact Dennis Kelly (dkelly(at)t3igroup.com, 973/602-0180) or Bonnie Fairbrother (bfairbrother(at)t3igroup.com, 973/602-0181).

About T3i Group LLC

T3i Group LLC provides market research, data, analysis, and consulting and advisory services to the telecommunications industry. It has clients in 46 countries and conducts its business through four operating units: InfoTrack publishes reports that analyze shipment, revenue, market share and other pertinent data of importance to telecommunications equipment manufacturers; TelecomTactics maintains a database of the features and functionality of major telephony systems; Tarifica maintains a database of pricing-related information covering 450 telecommunications carriers operating in 130 countries; and TelecomWeb (http://www.t3igroup.com) is a content provider with an editorial staff that authors and posts telecommunications-industry news stories and a monthly e-letter. The site also serves as T3i Group's primary delivery mechanism for distributing its reports, analyses and data to subscribers.

T3i Group LLC is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J.; with additional offices in New York City; London, England; and Cherry Hill, N.J.

Press Contact: Debra Baker, 301/905-7703

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