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Unified communications to push PBX market to $7.5B by 2011

Traditional PBXs will be 5% of market in five years, but IP and combined units will increase overall sales dramatically.

The trend toward combining voice, data, video and email on a single IP-based network will, paradoxically, push the PBX market to more than $7.5 billion by 2011, according to a new report.

Networking market-dynamic analysis firm The Dell'Oro Group predicted that voice-over IP (VoIP) will grow in conjunction with PBX sales, as sales of VoIP gradually overtake the older technology.

The report predicts PBX growth will peak in 2009, and flatten for the following two years. IP-based PBXs will grow most quickly; by 2011 traditional PBXs will make up only 5% of the total market, the report predicts. Hybrid IP/TDM PBXs will make up more than 80% of the installed base by 2011, Dell'Oro predicted.

The original version of this story appeared on TechTarget sister site SearchVoIP.com.

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