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. 14 Dec 2022  |  Europe  |  Market Research

    Analysis of the European UCaaS Market—Forecast to 2028

    A Return to Growth as Businesses Adapt to and Shape the New Normal

    This study provides an in-depth analysis of the European hosted IP telephony and UCaaS market, including a forecast of installed users, average prices and provider revenue until 2028. The study discusses the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on businesses and users, and the effects of economic hardship on services adoption and provider growth strateg...

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  2. 22 Jul 2022  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Analysis of the North American UCaaS Market, Forecast to 2028

    What Does it Take to Capitalize on the Robust Growth Trajectory?

    Fear of stagflation or recession is likely to dampen the momentum the industry has garnered in the past couple of years. Strong recognition of UCaaS benefits—including improved business continuity and enhanced remote/hybrid workforce productivity—is likely to be offset by budget tightening, delayed investments, and technology investment priorit...

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  3. 07 Jan 2022  |  Global  |  Market Research

    Hybrid Work Compels Businesses to Drive Equitable Meetings

    Technologies that Support Engagement and Interactivity Gain Prominence

    The pandemic was a great equalizer with everyone being remote. Mass adoption of video meetings, chat, virtual whiteboarding, and group messaging kept everyone productive and fully connected. Everyone had the same presence and an equal voice during video meetings. As people return to the office, there is a growing challenge of keeping the same level...

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  4. 01 Nov 2021  |  Europe  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities in the European UCaaS Market

    Cloud Communications Services Shine in Addressing the Distributed Workforce

    COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across Europe and worldwide. It has considerably impacted supply chains and commerce patterns, GDP growth rates, travel, employment and technology investments. In 2020, the European Union (27 countries) experienced a GDP decline of 5.9%; the Euro Area (19 countries) GDP declined by 6.3%; Spain and Italy were among those m...

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  5. 13 Apr 2021  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities for Telecom Operators Amid Disruption in the UCaaS Market

    Leveraging Unique Value Propositions in a Fast-Evolving Industry

    Cloud communications emerged approximately two decades ago and, since then, business models and value propositions have evolved dramatically. Market power has shifted many times across vendors and service providers as various factors, including innovation velocity, strategy ingenuity and pocket depth, pushed certain participants to the top of the l...

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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. 21 Jan 2021  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities in the North American UCaaS Market

    COVID-19 Accelerates Growth, but Success Varies Widely by Provider

    COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the globe. If the epidemic continues to spread unabated, it is likely to continue to considerably impact trade and commerce patterns, GDP growth rates, employment and technology investments. Drastically-reduced travel and a massive shift to work-from-home models to avoid contagion have accelerated adoption of clou...

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  8. 22 Dec 2020  |  North America  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities in the North American VoIP Access and SIP Trunking Services Market, Forecasts to 2026

    Mature VoIP Services Take on a New Dynamic as Programmable Communications

    The VoIP access and SIP trunking market remains on pace to become the default connection between on-premises customer platforms and the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and will feature prominently in the digital transformation efforts currently being undertaken by many forward-thinking businesses. This study focuses on next-generation voic...

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  9. 18 Dec 2020  |  Latin America  |  Market Research

    Growth Opportunities in the Global Cloud Meetings and Team Collaboration Services Market, Forecast to 2026

    COVID-19 and New Remote-work Realities Have Set Record Levels of Demand for Cloud Meetings and Team Collaboration Services

    In 2019 the global cloud meetings and team collaboration services market earned revenues of $5.53 Billion, which is a 38.1 percent growth when compared to 2018. The installed base of paid cloud meetings and team collaboration paid licenses grew by 57.3 percent in 2019 to 73.9 million. Growth in 2019 was mainly attributed to increasing user comfort ...

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  10. 26 Jun 2020  |  Latin America  |  Market Research

    Post-pandemic Growth Opportunity Analysis of the Meetings Market

    Video Meetings Become a Business Necessity in the New Normal

    The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult to fully predict with many factors in a flux. One thing is amply clear – it will be a disruptive catalyst across the UCC industry. In particular, it will forever change the way we meet and collaborate. Organizations across the world were quick to respond to the pandemic by implemen...

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