February 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Domestic traffic on corporate LANs will rise 140 percent on an annual
basis through October 1998, according to a survey by Nikkei Market Access.
That is because corporate investment in PC network-related equipment is projected to grow 44 percent
in fiscal 1998 ending September 1998, compared with the previous year's 70 percent rise.
Nikkei Market Access predicts that companies
far more serious problems with operating their in-house LANs.
The survey was conducted between October and November 1997, covering
major companies that have introduced a LAN or an in-house
system. (See chart.) Among them are about 2,000
and 1,100 unlisted firms, plus roughly 700 foreign capitals. The
questionnaire had valid responses from 799 companies.
Including multiple answers, 70 percent of the companies polled said
increases in both usage of PCs among employees and PC purchases
boost LAN traffic in the year through October 1997. Sixty percent
on e-mail exchanges, while only 30 percent pointed to the Internet,
About 10 percent of those polled referred to the use of personal
assistants as one element in increased traffic, but the rate is 20
for foreign-affiliated companies.
In the survey, foreign-affiliated companies were defined as those
percent of their capital from nonresident companies. Listed and
companies included those with less than 25 percent of their capital
Details of the survey will be available to the subscribers of Nikkei
Access on its Web site at Nikkei
Market Access or a Nikkei Market Access report, both provided in
Japanese language only.
Chart: One-year traffic increase rates stores
1997s results of traffic increase rates (%) are in the year through October 1997 and 1998s are
projections for traffic increase rates (%) in the year through October 1998.
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(Nikkei Market Access)