This IDC MarketScape provides an assessment of the key players participating in the European immersive telepresence equipment market. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses each vendor relative to defined criteria and to one another. The framework highlights factors most influential for success in the market in both the short and the long term.
"The European immersive telepresence equipment market has been experiencing some ups and downs lately, from several years of robust revenue growth prior to 2011, to revenue declines in 2011 and in the first three quarters of 2012 for some of the vendors. This was mostly attributed to uncertainty over economic conditions in the region, restrictive budgets, and subsequently increased demand for more economical small workgroup, desktop, and mobile applications for video collaboration," said Melissa Fremeijer, senior research analyst, EMEA Conferencing Solutions and Services. "IDC foresees a scenario now where mostly midsize to large companies maintain, and deploy to a lesser degree, new immersive telepresence solutions in central locations for specific high-end use cases while also supplementing collaboration strategies with lower-cost, or no-cost, video alternatives that can support more distributed and mobile workers, and interoperate where needed. IDC sees that enhanced compression techniques which bring down the relatively high bandwidth requirements for multiscreen immersive video, coupled with the enhanced features for collaboration, ease of use, and the increased variety of financing options and pricing models to invest in these relatively costly video deployments, will be important factors to positively impact the immersive telepresence market in Europe, be it new deployments or replacements of the installed base."