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Cisco unveils colour IP phone for network-based productivity applications

Cisco Systems today announced a new Internet Protocol (IP) telephone with a high-resolution, colour touch screen, a...


September 9, 2003  


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Cisco Systems today announced a new Internet Protocol (IP) telephone with a high-resolution, colour touch screen, as well as enhancements to two of its entry level IP phones.

The Cisco IP Phone 7970G, and XML support on IP Phones 7905G and 7912G will be unveiled at the third annual Cisco Innovation Through Convergence Expo (ITC)starting tomorrow in Santa Clara, Calif.

The 7970G supports a suite of applications for mobility and collaboration, especially for workers in industry segments such as retail, hospitality, education and government.

It will ship by the end of the year and be generally available in the first calendar quarter of 2004. The suggested list price is US$995 (US). The Cisco IP Phone 7905G and 7912G are available now and list for US$135 and US$165 respectively.

Synergy Research Group (SRG) estimates the enterprise IP telephony market generated US$867.7 million in revenues last year with Cisco capturing a 47.3 per cent market share. Avaya Inc. had a 16.5 per cent share while 3Com Corp. was close behind with a 16 per cent share.

The Phoenix, Ariz. market research firm predicts that the IP phone market will continue to evolve and provide more network-based applications in addition to voice.

"There are ample opportunities to serve the varied needs of branch offices and the small-to-medium enterprise market, which historically have been served by traditional key telephone system (KTS) vendors," says Jeremy Duke, principal analyst at SRG


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