Cisco ships two million IP phones

DUBAI - Cisco Systems has announced that it has reached a major milestone by shipping two million Internet Protocol (IP) telephones. The two millionth phone was delivered to SouthTrust Corp., one of America's top-20 bank holding companies.

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Published: Sat 30 Aug 2003, 11:54 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:53 PM

Zeus Kerravala, vice-president of enterprise infrastructure at the Yankee Group said: "This market milestone signifies that IP telephony is becoming a mainstream technology throughout business organisations worldwide and solidifies Cisco's position as the leader in this fast growing market."

In August 2002, Cisco announced that it reached the one million milestone for IP phones, an accomplishment that took the company three and a half years to achieve. Since then, Cisco has shipped an additional one million IP phones. The Middle East has contributed to this total with two of the largest deployments in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) being recorded in Egypt and the UAE. Today, Cisco's next generation IP Communications systems are helping more than 8,500 organisations worldwide realise the strengths of IP Communications, offering the potential to increase productivity and business flexibility.

Andy Elder, director of marketing and channels at Cisco Systems Middle East and North Africa said: "There are significant and instant benefits from the deployment of mobility solutions such as IP telephony. This value proposition has proven irresistible to many of the region's largest organisations who are now enjoying cost savings and service enhancements which are directly impacting their bottom-line."

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