WAN Use to Skyrocket by 2006, Report Says
Infonetics Research is projecting that spending on wide area network and Internet services in North America will jump 26 percent by 2006.Looking optimistically toward the future, analysts at Infonetics Research Inc. are projecting that spending on wide area network and Internet services in North America will rise 26 percent by 2006, with more enterprises turning to a mix of connectivity options, including optical and Ethernet technologies. Infonetics released a study today that claims that the dominant frame relay/TDM leased line connection paradigm will evolve into one in which there will be a greater mix of frame relay, TDM, broadband technologies -- including DSL, cable and fixed wireless -- and optical/Ethernet technologies. Approximately 9 percent of the companies that participated in Infonetics research expect to be using optical technologies for WAN connections by 2004.
Getting a head start on the projected increase in demand for Ethernet, WorldCom today rolled out a package of Ethernet services that allow enterprises to use existing LAN infrastructure for enhanced WAN functions.