Cisco leads Avaya in Q3CY09 telephony system shipments

Nortel's quarterly shipments, as expected, declined for the quarter and were off 45 per cent from the previous year's total

Allan Sulkin - founder and president of enterprise communications systems and applications consultancy - TEQConsult Group, blogged that third quarter shipment reports are in from the leading enterprise communications systems suppliers and according to Sulkin:

"The two market leaders, Cisco and Avaya, reported double digit growth in North America and globally for the quarter. Though Avaya narrowed the gap between itself and Cisco during the first half of the year, a very strong third quarter by Cisco will keep the system supplier in first position for North American system for the year unless something unforeseen happens this quarter.

"The two competitors are in very close battle for the global leadership position, though, and the difference between them is looking like it will be less than 1% share. The race next year will not be as close when Avaya has the added benefit of Nortel shipments (which are declining at an accelerated rate)."

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