LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 6, 2013) - Fax machines are almost universally viewed as an archaic relic of technology past, dreaded for their clunky functionality and general annoyance. The demise of faxing as a mode of communication has long been predicted and even celebrated, and has come to pass somewhat, at least for the fax machine. However, faxing as a medium is still fairly prevalent. A new infographic from Fax87 visually represents the facts and figures of current global fax usage.
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Faxing's move to digital has extended the life of this technology for many years to come. Online faxing is easy, more secure than email, and can add to the credibility of a small business. Digital faxing services have vastly reduced the expense of owning and utilizing a dedicated fax number.
Email stole much of faxing's personal use cases, and digital signatures came along for the fax death blow for businesses -- or so one might have thought. Instead, faxing has integrated with email rather than being replaced entirely, and while an incredible convenience, digital signatures have not taken hold fully.
According to the NPD Group, a market research company, "...there remains a level of societal skepticism over the viability of digitally certified documents."
There are a number of reasons people still have fax numbers, often relating to the necessity of a paper trail for legality. In addition, reliable internet is not ubiquitous globally or even in the U.S., and not all industries are up on the latest technology or fully divorced from fax, such as healthcare, legal and others. Fax is most prevalent in Japan, due to these reasons as well as cultural differences, which has the highest per capita fax usage as visually represented on the infographic.
ResearchandMarkets.com predicts that the computer based faxing market "will grow from $350 million in 2010 to $620 million in 2015."
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