Network World Reports the First-Ever Decline in Total Network Industry Revenues

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – APRIL 29, 2002 – Network World, the leader in network knowledge, this week published its annual guide to the biggest public, U.S.-based companies in the network industry, ranking the companies by revenue, profits, market cap, fastest growth, earnings per employee and more. The Network World 200 Issue shows annual network industry sales receded for the first time ever, sliding 4% from 2000 to $890 billion. Profits decreased dramatically, with this group amassing $65 billion in losses in 2001, a $135 billion swing from the $70 billion in profits in 2000.


On the upside, the report shows that 62 companies on the NW200 list generated profits with a respectable 10% average return. The pack includes Dell Computer, IBM, Oracle, Sun, SBC Communications and Verizon. Dell also fared well in the revenue category, rising to ninth on the list with a 26% increase in sales. IBM continues its reign in the number one spot on the NW200 list followed, in order, by Verizon, AT&T, SBC Communications, Hewlett-Packard, AOL Time Warner, WorldCom, Compaq, Dell and Motorola.

The Network World 200 Issue also explores the outlook for the infrastructure, enterprise applications and service provider segments for 2002 and beyond, examines the consolidation of the network and telecom industries, and provides forecasts from industry luminaries.

"It's clear that NW200 companies suffered some hard blows in 2001, and continue to be challenged in 2002. But most are hanging tough, and are shaping up with more efficient operating practices for this new business climate," said Beth Schultz, editor, Signature Series.

Besides the NW200 breakdowns, the issue also features a piece on how to buy during a bust and one that reveals little-known facts about some well-known network companies.

A special highlight is the popular "10 start-ups to watch list," highlighting up-and-coming companies that show innovation in creating products or services that address the newly redefined challenges of building, servicing and securing networks. The list includes companies from the infrastructure, security, services, storage and wireless markets. Also included is a status report on the 10 start-ups from 2001.

More information and analysis on these companies is available on a special Network World Fusion portal, at The site features interactive tools that allow rankings and comparisons of companies based on numerous criteria, including revenue, profits, growth and productivity.

The NW200 Issue is part of Network World's Signature Series, six innovative issues delving into the most important trends, companies, technologies, challenges and opportunities in the network industry.

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