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Legacy Broadband Services Migrate to NGN

A recent survey of U.S. organizations with over 50 employees and multiple locations, shows that legacy services remain a dominant component of the WAN telecom landscape, with 62 percent of the organizations surveyed currently having legacy networks, according to an In-Stat study.

But closer analysis reveals that this segment is in the process of a significant transition, the high-tech market research firm says. A majority of respondents to the survey who currently use legacy services are migrating or planning to migrate, some or all of their legacy networks to other WAN services.

"It is important to note that this does not represent an overnight, wholesale migration away from legacy services," says Steve Hansen, In-Stat analyst.

"Further analysis of survey results indicates that, as a rough average, respondents are planning to migrate approximately one quarter of their legacy sites to other services over the next 12 months."

The In-Stat research covers the U.S. market for next generation business network services. It provides analysis of a survey of U.S. organizations with over 50 employees and multiple locations about their network services use. Discussion of business and application drivers influencing network services use is included.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- IP and Ethernet-based WAN services provide greater capabilities to more efficiently provide multi-point types of implementations that also support converged applications with advanced features such as QoS.

- Operators are taking a proactive role in the migration process.

- Internet access and next generation network (NGN) services were most cited by survey respondents for addition or expansion in 2008.

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