Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC)

Businesses increasingly acknowledge the need to leverage advanced technologies to improve business agility and gain operational efficiencies. Long gone are the days when businesses relied solely on telephony and email to conduct their daily tasks. Today, businesses are deploying a broad array of communications and collaboration applications including telephony, email, voicemail and unified messaging, instant messaging (IM) and presence, audio, web and video conferencing, file sharing and white-boarding, mobility, social networking and more.  New generations of business users are choosing more social and visual modes of collaboration accessible on the devices and interfaces of their choice, anywhere, anytime.

As businesses look to consolidate and more effectively manage their communications infrastructure, they are integrating multiple technologies and tools into unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions powered by session management, virtualization, cloud architectures and software-defined networks. To ensure higher ROI and future-proof their technology investments, businesses are investing in best-of-breed, standards-based solutions that can be tightly integrated for greater end-user productivity and more efficient IT management.

The combination of dramatic demographic changes and accelerated technology evolution is creating demand for a new approach to IT and business communications. We are seeing a powerful shift in IT towards new cloud delivery models that enable more flexible and cost-effective technology management and consumption. Holistic digital transformation initiatives are driving business IT and communications towards a Social, Mobile, Collaborative Cloud future.

Organizations around the world—large and small—have never before faced a more complex environment in which to operate and compete successfully. Vendors, service providers, channel partners and end users alike need information, advice and guidance to help them chart their course through this turbulent transition to a competitive advantage powered by advanced communication and collaboration technologies. With analysts covering all aspects of the UC&C technology stack, including infrastructure, applications, services and end-user devices, Frost & Sullivan is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive coverage with a global perspective for all value-chain participants.

Frost & Sullivan’s UC&C team provides the following benefits to vendors, service providers, channel partners, and end-user organizations:

Extensive back catalogue of research in the majority of UC&C market sectors, as follows:

  • Services: UCaaS, CPaaS, Managed UC Services, Audio, Web, Video Conferencing Services,   VoIP Access and SIP Trunking
  • Applications: UC Applications, Mobile UC, Web Conferencing, Web/Virtual Events, Social Media, Desktop Video, Content Collaboration, Team Collaboration
  • Endpoints: Desk Phones, Soft Phones, Mobile Clients, Audio and Video Conferencing Endpoints, Professional and Consumer Headsets, Microphones
  • Platforms & Infrastructure: Enterprise Telephony, VM/UM, IM/Presence, Video Conferencing Infrastructure, Media Gateways, SBC, VDI
  • Technology: API, VoIP, SIP, WebRTC, Virtualization, SDN, Video

Comprehensive global coverage with local expertise in all major world regions

Experienced and expert team of analysts with decades of experience in the communications and collaboration industry

Accurate market forecasts and market share analysis coupled with thought leadership perspective on major industry trends

  1. 25 Mar 2022  |  North America  |  Customer Research

    2022 UCC Industry Predictions

    Transition to the Next Normal Requires Business Agility and Employees Equipped for Success

    Affects of the pandemic, particularly widespread remote work and work from home practices, will have lasting impact on how people work and the communications and collaboration tools they use. The year 2022 promises to be a year of transition as COVID-19 infection rates decline globally and as end user organizations of all sizes, industries and regi...

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  2. 20 Jan 2022  |  Global  |  Customer Research

    Evolving the Role of Telecom Operators in the Global Cloud Communications Value Chain

    Telephony and Platform Integrations Drive Growth Opportunities for Advanced Connectivity Services

    Business communications have evolved over the years to include a plethora of new communications and collaborations tools, such as video meetings, team spaces, business short messaging services (SMS) and more. Many businesses have also moved their call control (private branch exchange (PBX)) and collaboration tools to the cloud and adopting advanced...

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  3. 12 Jan 2022  |  North America  |  Customer Research

    Growth Opportunities for Communications, Collaboration and Contact Center Solutions in the Financial Services Industry

    Marketing, Sales, Product Management and Customer Care Must be Digitized to Boost Customer Value

    An important pillar of the global economy, the financial services industry is experiencing rapid and substantial transformation. Contact center, unified communications and collaboration technologies have risen in prominence as financial services institutions have needed to connect a workforce that is more widely distributed than ever before and ad...

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  4. 05 Jul 2021  |  Latin America  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities for Communications, Collaboration, and Contact Center Technologies in the Government Sector

    Enabling Key Government Workflows with Pre-packaged and Programmable Communications Solutions to Enhance Citizen and Staff Journeys

    Frost & Sullivan has identified the government vertical as ripe for digital transformation and the adoption of modern communications and collaboration technologies to improve operational efficiencies and enhance citizen experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the social distancing norms it necessitated, has impacted all public services, revealing ...

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  5. 12 May 2021  |  Global  |  Customer Research

    Investing in Communications and Collaboration Tools to Empower Frontline Workers

    Enhanced Frontline Worker Productivity Can Boost Company Growth and Customer Satisfaction

    Estimated at approximately 2.7 billion globally, frontline workers represent a considerable untapped market and growth opportunity for communications and collaboration solution providers. For decades, the enterprise communications market has focused much of its collective attention on the carpeted office and knowledge worker segments. While commu...

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  6. 11 Mar 2021  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Top Predictions for the 2021 UCC Market

    Transforming a Crisis into an Opportunity

    Frost & Sullivan's Top Predictions for the 2021 UCC Market takes a deep look into the convergence of technological, economic, social and other macro trends to provide an over-arching perspective on our expectations for the changing nature of communications and collaboration. These perspectives are validated by the intersection of our supply and dem...

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  7. 18 Feb 2021  |  Europe  |  Customer Research

    Communications and Collaboration Investment Priorities

    IT/Telecom Buyers’ Perspective

    This study provides the data collected through an online survey of 1,129 IT and telecom decision makers across customer size segments, industries and world regions. The survey was conducted in November-December 2020. Respondents were qualified as follows: • IT/telecom decision maker in organizations with 10+ employees • Having knowledge on comm...

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  8. 18 Jul 2019  |  Global  |  Market Research

    Global Enterprise Communications Platforms and Endpoints Market, Forecast to 2025

    Communications Vendors Address Changing Business Needs and Rising Demand for Hybrid and Cloud Solutions

    This strategic analysis is a part of Frost & Sullivan’s continued coverage of the global enterprise communications platforms and endpoints market as well as the broader, overall enterprise communications marketplace. In this Excel-based deliverable, Frost & Sullivan provides extensive market sizing and market share analysis of the on-premises ent...

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  9. 21 May 2019  |  North America  |  Market Outlook

    Global UCC Industry Outlook, 2019

    Rich Media Capabilities Shine in the Next-gen Workplace

    The global UCC market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Migration to cloud-based subscription services is accelerating as organizations gain confidence, existing CPE assets near end of life, and current cloud services deployments expand to more sites, users and applications. The gap between “as a service” offerings and other consumption m...

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