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UK firms hesitate over NetPC and NC

About 60 per cent of UK businesses do not know the difference between an NC and a NetPC and around 70 per cent have no intention of currently testing either system, according to a report by Banner & Co.

The report, commissioned by AST, spoke to 138 companies of which 47 per cent believed it will be at least two years before the NetPC and NC even beginning to make an impact on the UK market.

Just eight per cent were totally unconvinced by either machine and said that they will never become fully marketable products. Around 27 per cent believed that they will be widely used business tools in the next two years while 20 per cent put the time scale at twelve months.