The struggling economy will slow the growth of VoIP, but deployments remain wide-ranging at mitigated levels.

So says In-Stat in a report that also found just over a third of US businesses that have deployed VoIP use it exclusively.

Many more businesses use VoIP as a partial voice solution – and they are also beginning to embrace voice-enabled IM capabilities, particularly among younger workers.

David Lemelin, In-Stat analyst, said IP continues to be a partial voice solution for most businesses with VoIP, particularly among larger businesses.

"Therefore, there is significant room for growth even among businesses that have already adopted it," he said.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • 32 per cent of Enterprise size businesses say the economic situation has slowed their VoIP deployment plans.
  • Broadband IP Telephony remains the most common carrier-based business VoIP solution with revenues exceeding USD $1.1 billion in 2008, compared to USD $857 million for hosted IP Centrex service within the US.
  • Adoption varies significantly by size of business, with Enterprise businesses preferring a partial deployment, while SOHO businesses are more likely to go IP-only.
  • 13 per cent of US businesses use both carrier-based and premises-based IP solutions.
  • Digital visual interface (DVI) and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), are related, high-bandwidth, unidirectional, uncompressed digital interface standards.

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