Sales of semiconductors for telecom markets substantially up

A new study from IDC reveals that the semiconductor market for datacom/telecom infrastructure is showing signs of renewed growth. IDC now expects the market to grow 6.2% year-over-year to $3.7 billion in 2004, after a 4.5% year-over-year decline last year. For the 2003-2008 forecast period, IDC predicts the market will experience a 7.3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching close to $5 billion in 2008.

Landlines still a priority for US telecoms

TNS Telecoms finds that as of Q3 2003, 31% of US consumers? telecommunications budget goes towards land line telephones and 29% is allotted to wireless telephony. TNS bases its findings on a mass review of US households? telecom bills and notes that households pay over $45.00 per month for their land line telephone and their wireless service, respectively. Cable and satellite TV come in a close second, however, costing an average $42.30 per month.