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Data Cabling for Homes a Boom Market

Cabling systems for the new home market are expected to dramatically increase over the next few years, according to a recent report by Insight Research, Parsippany, NJ.The report, Customer Premises Fi...


September 1, 2000  


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Cabling systems for the new home market are expected to dramatically increase over the next few years, according to a recent report by Insight Research, Parsippany, NJ.

The report, Customer Premises Fiber: The Business & Residential Inside Wiring Revolution, found that the market is expected to increase by more than 60 percent over the next four years, with residential wiring system spending going from US$302 million this year to more than US$2.1 billion by 2004.

The market research firm says that while the cabling systems used by most business premises remain data-centric, the home cabling market today is still dominated by video entertainment, though the number of cable modems and DSL lines is increasing every month. Cabling manufacturers are responding to residential user demand with a cable system that uses Category 5 cables for voice and data as well as RG-6 coaxial cable for TV in the same cable bundle.

“The single family home is akin to a new frontier for cable manufacturers, so there is plenty of opportunity for new players to find a niche, ” says Robert Rosenberg, president of Insight. He says that in this market, distributors do not usually supply all of the products; manufacturers are now starting to build their own direct sales channels. LAN VARs and electrical contractors are also making moves in this direction.


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