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Published on : Dec 21, 2015

Growing enterprise mobility and mobile workforce, along with increased adoption of mobile devices have propelled the growth of the global unified communications market. Unified communications, better known as UC, integrates real-time communication with non-real-time communication such as fax, voice mail, and messaging. Organizations are increasingly adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for seamless communication with workforce. Availability of Unified Communications As A     Service (Ucaas) has further boosted the growth of the global unified communications market.

Unified communication systems are being extensively used across sectors such as healthcare, education, government, and others. Some of the key participants in the global unified communications market are IBM, Avaya, NEC, Polycom, Huawei Technologies, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, ShoreTel, and Siemens Enterprise Communications. The demand for unified communications is increasing across the government sector and the key players are actively participating in the bids for government projects. Last week, NATO announced Polycom as its primary provider for unified communications for the organization’s Active Network Infrastructure (ANWI). As part of NATO’s plans to modernise virtual collaboration through multiple networks, the organization has selected Polycom to be its one-stop provider for unified communications. The Polycom RealPresence Platform is the first hybrid video collaboration data, and voice deployment by NATO. The platform will extend the organization’s reach to military commands, deployed units, and employees. 

Becoming the primary provider for unified communications for NATO will boost Polycom’s position in the global unified communications market. According to Sean Berg, the Vice President, public sector at Polycom, the organization is honoured to be selected as NATO’s partner for unified communications. Apart from deploying the RealPresence Platform across NATO’s networks, Polycom will also install 2,500 VVX business media voice end points for use with Skype for business.