Traditional local area networking (Lan) products will really struggle over the next five years to compete against higher speed switching alternatives. This is according to the latest report from analyst firm IDC, which says hub shipments will have compound annual growth of a mere 14 per cent up to 2003. Lan products that will still sell include unmanaged low end tools, mainly in areas such as Asia-Pacific.
Suggests Esmeralda Silva, analyst at IDC: "Port expansion has continued for lower end hubs, in particular unmanaged Ethernet solutions as well as high speed 100BaseT hubs, but even these two segments are showing signs of slowdown."
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