"Survey respondents indicated that a budget allotment similiar to 2003 spending for communications equipment and services was in place for 2004, and 75% indicated that a increase in spending was predicted. Over one third (33%) of those indicating an expanded telecom budget in 2004 expected the increase to exceed 30% over the next few years."
Utilities spent $2.8 billion on telecommunications services and products in 2003.
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--- Nearly 90% of utility's telecommunications spending is projected to occur in the areas of transport, LAN/WAN, Internal Voice Systems, leased lines and SCADA.
---The most significant industry trend noted by utility members is migration to IP networks. This movement affects every aspect of communications networks, including digital microwave and WAN/LAN. The proliferation of services enabled by abundant available bandwidth further drives IP networks deployment. For example, applications made available through broadband and substation automation quickly are regarded as operating necessities.
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