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Wednesday, March 18, 1998 Published at 17:42 GMT



Sci/Tech

Chance to glimpse the future
image: [ CeBIT 98 is the world's largest computer fair ]
CeBIT 98 is the world's largest computer fair

CeBIT 98, the world's largest computer fair, gets under way in the German city of Hanover on Thursday.

More than 7,000 exhibitors from 60 countries will provide a unique glimpse into the future.

Separate arenas will have stands focusing on network computing, office automation, the Internet, intranets, mobile communication, multimedia, virtual reality and online services.

CeBIT runs until March 25 and about 600,000 people are expected to visit.

A spokesman for Fujitsu (Germany), Rainer Kratz, said: "CeBIT is the best place to get to know customers. You can expect 5,000 visitors to visit your booth every day and thousands more pass by.


[ image: Fujitsu bought ICL's PC division two years ago]
Fujitsu bought ICL's PC division two years ago
"As well as existing customers there are many potential new clients. It's one of the most beneficial places to meet them.

"Everyone shows up at the fair and it's a must for the industry."

The Chairman and Chief Executive officer of IBM, Louis Gerstner, will be giving the keynote speech on the eve of the exhibition and the American-owned company has hired 4,000 square metres of stand space.


 





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