Home networking to surge in next five years

Home networking to surge in next five years

The home networking market will grow over 600 per cent in the US by 2003, according to a report by Cahners In-Stat Group.

This forecast is probably good news for Bell Atlantic and IBM, which last week announced that they have joined forces to supply home networking systems in the telco's coverage area.

About 21 million US households will have multiple PCs in 1999, and 12 per cent of those will have some sort of home network installed, according to the report, titled Home Networking: Markets, Technologies and Vendors.

At this rate, the market will be worth $US1.4 billion by 2003, the report said.

Home networking growth will not just come from homes with multiple PCs. The number of single PC homes with some kind of network will grow from less than 1 per cent in 1999 to 9 per cent in 2003, according to the report. In homes with a single PC, the network would involve appliances like the television and set top boxes.

"The majority of home networks will continue to be multiple PC homes for the next two to three years," said Mike Wolf, Industry analyst for Cahners In-Stat Group.

Internet usage and the desire to distribute its content throughout the home was cited as the primary driver for the boost in home networking.

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