Proceedings PaperNice technology, but will anyone use it? User need for a MAN service
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Based on a survey of 400 large European companies the paper discusses the potential for a MAN service. The focus here is on existing and future use of networks and applications. The survey indicates that growth in the use of existing applications and the general tendency to upgrade networks on a running basis will provide an increased traffic basis for a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) based service. The service must provide access at 10 Mbps and support both asynchronous and synchronous traffic. But the overshadowing question is tariffs and no information is available on this subject in Europe yet. If prices are reasonable -- not favoring one or the other service -- the survey indicates that by the end of 1994 at best 250 companies will be using a MAN service, a figure that is likely to grow to 6,000 companies by 1997.