The Sage Research Inc. March 2004 index of current service provider conditions jumped nine points from its January level, bucking the previous four-month trend of gradual declines. The March figure (55.2) also represents the highest level the Service Provider Current Conditions index has reached since its inception in January 2002. The current index level also is significant because this is the first time it has ventured into “high” territory (above 50).
The Service Provider Confidence Index is a tracking study with data collected bimonthly about both current conditions and expectations regarding spending on capital equipment, spending on product and service development, revenue, employment, investor confidence and overall.
After a steady eight-month period of increases (May 2003- January 2004), the Service Provider Expectations index fell slightly in March. The industry’s current conditions have improved and, as a result, the upside potential is not as great as it was in the depths of the telecom bust. For more details about the methodology, visit Sage Research at www.sageresearch.com.
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