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10GBase-T standard may shift Cat 6A into high gear

In a recent publication of Cabling News I read an interesting article by Luc Adriaenssens, senior vice president, R&D and technology enterprise, for Systimax Solutions.That did a great job in expressing where Ethernet speeds are headed and why: Not long ago, the hot topic was Gigabit Ethernet development to the desktop. In cabling terms, this fast technology accelerated the trend toward Category 5e and Category 6 cabling. Tri-speed 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface cards let network managers leverage their existing investments. With the reducing costs of these interface cards, Gigabit Ethernet is growing dramatically.  With the inevitable drive to gigabit-speed networking and beyond, transmission technology pushed Category 5e cabling to its limit, signaling the end of Category 5 cabling as we have known it. Category 6 appeared as the savior, allowing users to specify a cabling system with enough performance for robust and reliable gigabit transmission. But as the market continues to move and advance up the technology ladder, 10-Gbit/sec over copper cabling has been the most recent and active challenge for cabling and networking developers. It has now arrived in the form of the IEEE 802.3an 10GBase-T specification. Click here for the complete article. Are you seeing more call out for Cat6a cable on projects and install? Let us know your thoughts.