By Britton D.B., McGonegal S.

The 9th version of The electronic economic climate Face booklet offers a tactual foundation from which research of the electronic economic climate can commence. In seven key sections, it offers the simplest on hand info on:• the expansion of the web• The area• The Communications area• electronic Media• digital trade• Threats to the electronic economic climate• the global electronic EconomyIn every one part, the authors current the easiest and most modern historic facts, in addition to projections from the major learn organizations, on issues like Broadband Adoption, Piracy, Social Networking, id robbery, and the contribution of die IT area to monetary development.

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3 * Projections Source: PriceWaterhouseCoopers108 Gaming Console Manufacturers’ Web Traffic Feb. 2006 Unique Audience (thousands) Feb. S. S. 6 million HDTVs were sold in 2006. About half of the 24 million households with HDTVs don’t actually watch programs in high-definition because they haven’t obtained the necessary hardware. S. 8percent growth rate over 2005. 2 million units sold in 2007. S. S. 2 billion. S. HDTV Ownership by Household Income, October 2006 Annual Household Income ($) Less than 30,000 HDTV Ownership (%) 6 30,000-50,000 8 50,000-75,000 17 75,000-100,000 25 More than 100,000 38 Source: Leichtman Research Group126 31 Chapter 2: The Hardware Sector Other Hardware A wide range of consumer hardware products are available today.

Broadband Internet access will likely be provided over a number of different platforms well into the future. S. S. 9 million homes were passed by fiber, with Verizon by far the largest provider. S. 74 million homes and buildings were passed with FTTH in the EU-28, (the EU-25 plus Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland) with about 820,000 subscribers. S. 51 • Xohm, Sprint’s WiMax service, is expected to have a multi-market commercial launch in early 2008. S. 5 million subscribers by 2011, with many of these in rural and underserved areas.

Another emerging feature of the wireless landscape is the expanding use of communication technologies in the business sector. This is reflected in the growing number of wireless computer networks and the beginning stages of manufacturer, distributor, and retailer use of radio frequency identification devices (RFID), particularly to track shipments of high-value or commercially sensitive goods. The precise timetable for commercial adoption of RFID on a widespread basis is still uncertain, however, with even the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, encountering substantial difficulties in expanding the use of RFID by its suppliers and in its own distribution centers.

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