Robust growth forecast in Asia Pacific

A five-year forecast of the deployment of data communications networks in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, predicts robust growth with the demand for wide area networking switch products leading the way.

The overall data communications market, including NICs, hubs, switches, routers, remote access servers and WAN switches, is set to reach $US9 billion by 2004, a cumulative growth rate of 23 per cent.

According to IDC's vice president of Asia Pacific Communications Research, Sandra Ng, the WAN switch market will grow from $US400 million to $US2 billion in 2004.

"This is due to the migration from Time Division Multiplexing-based architecture to a packet-based platform as well as an increase in Internet traffic and the demand for new data services," Ng said.

The LAN market in the region will experience 18 per cent growth to reach $US5.8 billion by 2004.

The region's remote access market is expected to more than quadruple in the next five years, from $US300 million to $US1.4 billion.

"Lack of an installed base in emerging markets coupled with voice and data convergence trends throughout the region will be the primary market drivers," Ng said.

In terms of country ranking, PRC will remain one of the key growth markets in the region.

Australia and Korea will continue to be major markets due to growing opportunity in the telecommunications and Internet sectors; however, India will lead the way.

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