PLEASANTON, Calif. - Nov 08, 2011 : Polycom, Inc., the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced it has shipped its 4 millionth conference phone, achieving this milestone just a few months prior to the 20-year anniversary of Polycom's entry into the conference phone market. The 4 millionth conference phone was shipped to SoftBank Commerce in Korea.
Polycom continues to lead in the worldwide audio conference phone market with about 80 percent market share. The overall market is expected to grow over the next several years, with analysts predicting a 16.9 percent CAGR revenue increase for audio conferencing equipment from 2009 through 2015.1
For two decades, Polycom phones have helped shape the way business gets done. Millions of people recognize the Polycom brand for its long history of innovation in voice collaboration, which began in 1992 when the company shipped the first Polycom® SoundStation® conference phone. Since then, Polycom has led the industry with technological breakthroughs that continued to improve the user experience and help people make better decisions, faster. These innovations include Polycom HD Voice™, which provides twice the clarity of ordinary phone calls and patented Polycom Acoustic Clarity Technology™, which enables crystal-clear group calls without echoes, drop-outs or feedback. Polycom has also incorporated advanced VoIP (voice over IP) support, wireless capabilities, and native integration with leading UC solutions to ensure a UC environment that is interoperable enterprise-wide.
Last month, Polycom unveiled its most versatile addition to the conference phone portfolio, the Polycom® SoundStation Duo™, which eases the migration from analog to VoIP telephony by working in both environments and ensuring investment protection in the process.
Polycom's voice quality is also a key reason why many customers choose Polycom video solutions. HD Voice is now a standard feature in all Polycom video solutions – and many customers rate the voice quality of Polycom video as far superior in terms of delivering a true lifelike experience. Polycom also recently introduced a new business media phone, the Polycom® VVX® 500, which combines HD Voice, advanced telephony and the capability to do one-touch video in a single desktop phone.
"Shipping our 4 millionth conference phone is about more than just hitting a huge milestone – it's about leveraging Polycom's long history of innovation in the market to continue to transform and improve the way people work," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, executive vice president and general manager of UC solutions and chief development officer, Polycom. "As Polycom expanded from voice products to a comprehensive UC and HD video solution set powered by the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform, customers time and again tell us their association with the Polycom brand is built on trust, quality and reliability, which all began with our conference phone. For millions of people the world over, the story is the same: they buy Polycom because our solutions work as advertised and they remove the barriers to distance communication to enable lifelike collaboration at enterprise scale."