High Adoption Rates Forecast for Wireline, Wireless Ethernet

According to a report by Venture Development Corp., "Worldwide Industrial Markets for Ethernet Infrastructure Components and Network Software," the markets for wireline and wireless Ethernet infrastructure networking components will experience nearly 22% and 35% growth rates respectively over the next three years.

Worldwide shipments of wireline Ethernet infrastructure networking components for use in industrial facilities are forecast to increase from $846 million in 2003 to $1,528 million in 2006, at a 21.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The shipments of wireless Ethernet infrastructure access point/networking components for use in industrial facilities are forecast to increase from $62 million in 2003 to $152 million over the same period, at a 34.8% CAGR.

VDC's surveys of end users, OEMs and system integrators show the primary motivations for implementing Ethernet in industrial facilities are:

• Wireline Ethernet networks: high reliability, high security, low cost of installations, established/proven technology, ease of integration with existing networks.

• Wireless Ethernet networks: need for mobile applications, flexibility/ease of expansion/relocation, provides long distance/remote coverage, easy/fast installations, low cost of installations.

VDC is nearing completion on its market study titled: "Worldwide Industrial Markets for Ethernet Infrastructure Components and Network Software." Research findings will be available in April 2004.

The research will be packaged in two volumes and will consist of the following product categories:

Volume I: Wireline Ethernet Infrastructure Components and Network Software

• Interconnect products (connectors, cables & cord sets, distribution boxes)

• Bridges and modems

• Console servers

• Device servers

• Distributed/remote I/O

• Fiber optic transceivers

• Gateways

• Hubs

• Multiplexers

• Routers

• Switches

• Network analysis and management software

Volume II: Wireless Ethernet Infrastructure Components and Network Software

• Antennas

• Bridges

• Console servers

• Device servers

• Distributed/remote I/O

• Gateways

• Hubs

• Modems

• Repeaters

• Routers

• Switches

• Transceivers

• Network analysis and management software

For more information, visit www.vdc-corp.com or e-mail [email protected].

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