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local area network (LAN)

a network of PERSONAL COMPUTERS used to undertake routine data processing functions in a business. Over the years these networks have become more complex and to this extent a ‘system crash’ or failure can be highly disruptive and expensive. Old-style PC networks were device-sharing facilities giving people access to a departmental printer or fax. If they went down, people could still carry on working. In modern networks, however, people use PCs to log on to the network for all their software, including word processing and databases, and to access information held on software in other departments. See INFORMATION MANAGEMENT.

local area network (LAN)

a network of computers within an organization, connected by cable or radio signals, to facilitate internal communications. Local area networks can, in turn, be interconnected through the INTERNET.
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Via PC LAN Software lists for $1,995, stand alone version for $295.
Sales for the nine-month period reached MSEK 1,710 (664) for Solutions and MSEK 5,152 (4,336) for Distribution, in both cases including PC LAN.
As a consequence of this, after obtaining the authorization of the Annual General Meeting on 28 February, 2001, Scribona's Board of Directors decided to carry out a new issue of Scribona class B shares in exchange for the shares in PC LAN ASA.
The processing period in connection with the offer elapsed without any remarks from the Norwegian Ministry of Industry and Trade and, consequently, Scribona's acquisition of PC LAN has been approved.
With respect to Scribona AB's application regarding corporate consolidation in connection with the Company's offer to acquire the shares in PC LAN ASA, the Swedish Competition Authority decided on March 21, 2001 not to take any action.
The acceptance rate confirmed by the VPS comprises less than 90% of the outstanding shares of PC LAN, as all received acceptances have not yet been registered with the VPS, and consequently Scribona extends the offer period by eight days.