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Bandwidth requirements spur fiber optics growth

Declining fiber optic cable prices and an increasing demand for bandwidth will bring new growth opportunities to the premise wiring market, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan of San Jose, CA, has show...


December 1, 2001  


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Declining fiber optic cable prices and an increasing demand for bandwidth will bring new growth opportunities to the premise wiring market, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan of San Jose, CA, has shown.

The market research firm’s “Premise Wiring Media Market” data shows that the information intensity of society is increasing the long-term demand for premise wiring. As end users attempt to transport more data at faster rates through a pair of wires, the quality and capabilities of those wires becomes increasingly important.

The company says new enhanced versions of cabling (Categories 5e and 6) are encouraging upgrades. However, data shows that fiber optic cable is becoming the more attractive alternative.

“Fiber optic cables are increasingly important as the additions of workstations to networks continue and multimedia applications become more bandwidth intensive,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Kim Antonaccio. “The three most important factors for enterprises to consider when trying to choose the cabling that best fit their needs are cost, connectivity and bandwidth.”

Data also shows that companies are installing more cable than currently required to ensure the capability to meet future needs. As it is much more expensive to install extra cabling after the initial installation, many customers are taking proactive steps to have additional cable installed to accommodate the increased number of users and more bandwidth-intensive applications.

“Enterprises are demanding cable that will ease the implementation of data-intensive multimedia applications such as video streaming and video conferencing,” says Antonaccio. “Fiber optic lines can handle the demand for bandwidth from the convergence of voice, data, and video applications that is expected by the enterprise market.”


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