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  • Intel Japan, Showa Electric Team for Sales of Network Gear
  • December 15, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Intel K.K. of Japan and Showa Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd. announced that they are collaborating in the marketing of LAN switches and other network equipment.
    Showa Electric, a major producer of electric wires and cables, will develop services including user support services for network hardware and construction and will sell Intel Japan's networking equipment.

    Intel Japan has arranged for Showa Electric to be its first agent in Japan responsible for sales of its products and accompanying services. Showa Electric will take over user support for Intel's products sold by other agents.

    "The rapid expansion of the Internet and spread of intranets is stirring up great demand for PCs, which we expect to soon reach at least a billion units around the world. Behind these PCs, millions of server computers will be operating," said Intel Japan president Nobuyuki Denda.

    Touching on plans for Intel's network business, Denda said: "Based on this forecast, the network business is indispensable on top of the development and manufacturing of microprocessors. In addition to our products for corporate users, Intel also plans to develop and sell items for consumers, such as wireless devices for LANs."

    "We have set a sales target of Intel's products at 1 billion yen (US$8.7 million) in the initial year of our partnership," said Showa Electric president Nobuyuki Gonsho. "This amount would represent 50 percent of the entire turnover of Showa Electric's sales of network devices. Showa will make Intel's products the core of its network business."

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Tue Dec 15 14:24:37 1998 PDT