Broadband technology in the future will be dominated by TCP/IP rather than ATM because of its flexibility, according to an Ovum report.
The report, The Future of Broadband Networking, claims that the orthodox view of the development of broadband networking was that ATM would be widely deployed.
But, said John Matthews, principal consultant at Ovum, the Internet is challenging that received opinion.
He said: ?Enhancements to TCP/IP mean that the future of broadband will not be dominated by ATM.?
According to Matthews, the growth of the Internet and improvements to TCP/IP make it more suited for multimedia, broadband and real-time communications. ?One example of new applications being developed for TCP/IP is voice,? he said. ?Voice traffic remains a major component of wide area broadband and the widespread adoption of voice over IP will lead to it being used for a range of real time applications.?
Figures show, claims Ovum, that IP will be the dominant protocol by 2002. And while ATM will also grow at a fast rate, the IP market will grow rapidly at over 70 per cent a year between now and 2002.
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