Studies: OS market up, U.S. data subs at 41% by 2006
• Despite a short-term decrease in its spending rate, the telecom OSS service assurance software market will reach $3 billion in 2001, and $5.3 billion in 2004, a study says.
According to Telecom OS: Service Assurance Forecast from RHK, fault and service management has one-third of the revenue for that market, but the fastest-growing segment is service control and security.
The report segments the market into six areas, each with its own revenue forecast.
• Nearly half the American households will subscribe to a broadband Internet connection service by 2006, a Jupiter Media Metrix study says, and the number of homes accessing the Internet via broadband, including cable modem, DSL, satellite or fixed wireless, will multiply from 5.2 million in 2000 to 35.1 million in 2006.
U.S. Broadband Household Projections: Time Business Initiatives to Reach Growing Broadband Audience says broadband consumers use more entertainment and financial services than narrowband users, creating usage differences between the two. Despite differences in those areas, however, both broadband and dial-up consumers use the Internet most for basic reasons, including e-mail, information- gathering and instant messaging.