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Cable sharing will help offset effect of rising copper prices: Siemon

With copper prices soaring globally and showing little sign of stabilizing, network cabling companies have been for...


May 19, 2006  


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With copper prices soaring globally and showing little sign of stabilizing, network cabling companies have been forced to adjust copper cable pricing accordingly, The Siemon Company says.

“Enterprises are facing difficult network infrastructure decisions,” says Bob Carlson, Siemon’s vice president of global marketing. “It is a well-established best-practice to install a future-proof cabling plant capable of supporting the next generation of application speeds.

“The total cost of ownership on 10Gb/s capable cabling is far better than lower performing options. While these full-lifecycle savings hold true even with increasing copper prices, the up-front costs can act as a deterrent.”

Enterprises are under pressure to balance long-term costs with current expenditures. Rising copper prices have led some to explore fiber to the desk alternatives.

Although fiber can provide a future-proof option, it is not capable of supporting the growing demand for Power over Ethernet applications, and the cost of fiber electronics remains prohibitively high for horizontal applications, the company says.

It recommends cable sharing, a practice accepted by both TIA and ISO, which involves running more than one application over different pairs of a twisted-pair copper telecommunications channel.