HIGH HOPES FOR UBIQUITOUS NETWORK IN JAPAN – – APRIL 2002

A poll conducted by InfoCom Research has revealed that Internet users in Japan have high expectations for the development of a “ubiquitous network” for easy connection with a virtually unlimited array of devices.

Of the more than 70% who would welcome it, most indicated the major attraction would be the convenience of connecting and using such a wide variety of devices.

70% said they are looking forward to using “hot spots” (service areas) offering access to broadband services via wireless LAN.

Users’ major concern was the security of communications over such an open and widespread network.

Expectations have been fueled by the rapidly expanding use of broadband in Japanese homes. Last year, for example, the use of ADSL soared from less than one percent to 21%. In addition, more than 40% of users have set up LANs, indicating a strong demand for home networks.

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