Market researchers Gartner Group has bad news for Internet service providers (ISPs) - most of them are doomed to go out off business within the next five years.
One of main reasons is that the Internet infrastructure is not sufficiently robust to support large numbers of ISPs and also guarantee the performance and service levels expected by end users. There are currently 4,500 ISPs in the US alone; Gartner predicts that within five years there may be as few as 400-500.
The group also predicts that size will matter, with the goliaths of the industry being outlived by their smaller colleagues. It expects that the most viable ISPs will be those with a local or regional base rather than national or global giants.
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