Group Dynamics

By Joshua Weinberger  |  Posted 2003-05-01 Print this article Print

It's been more than two decades since videoconferencing vendors began promising to revolutionize the way the world does business. The revolution still has yet to arrive, but when—or if—it finally does, at least we'll be able to watch it together

Group Dynamics

Category: Videoconferencing

What It Is: Decades-old telecommunications medium that allows participants to see each other.

Key Players: Polycom, Tandberg, Sony, VCON, VTEL (user equipment); the first three control 88% of the market for group units; VCON and Polycom share roughly two-thirds of the desktop market.

Others: Infrastructure vendors (Radvision, Ridgeway, Polycom subsidiary Accord) are critical, as are resellers (Wire One, IVCi) and services companies (V-Span, Forgent, AT&T, MCI), many of which design and package systems.

Market Size: $713.4M* (2002)

What's Happening: Years of consolidation led to repeated shifts in market leadership. Now the switch from ISDN to IP, and the move to personal units, may change the game all over again.

* Source: Frost & Sullivan, April 2003; figure reflects Worldwide System revenue, expected to more than double by 2007, reaching $1.46B.

Assistant Editor
After being on staff at The New Yorker for five years, Josh later traveled the world, hitting all seven continents in a single year. At Yale University, he majored in American Studies, English, and Theatre Studies.


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