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Copper still very much alive

Despite the buzz surrounding all things fiber, the heralded extinction of copper wire in premises networks is premature, according to a report from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) of Oyster Bay, NY...


May 1, 2000  


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Despite the buzz surrounding all things fiber, the heralded extinction of copper wire in premises networks is premature, according to a report from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) of Oyster Bay, NY.

Results of Premises Wire & Cable: Fiber Optic, Copper Twisted Pair and Coax LAN Markets, show that while fiber optic cable will represent an increasing share of the U.S. premises cabling market, there will still be a healthy market for copper wire.

Fiber optic cabling will command just under 30 per cent of this market in 2005 in dollar value, increasing at a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 per cent between 1998 and 2005. Copper wire will grow at a slower CAGR of 15 per cent, but will still retain approximately 64 per cent of the market in 2005.

ABI predicts the premises cable and wire market will grow from $1.9 billion in 1999 to $4.7 billion by the end of 2005. Key enablers to this growth will be the need for bandwidth capacity to deal with broadband and corporate communications, and the emergence of Gigabit Ethernet.


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