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Fiber to surpass copper in the structured cabling systems market by 2008, report says

There is good news ahead for the structured cabling sector, according to a report issued today by Frank Murawski, p...


July 8, 2005  


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There is good news ahead for the structured cabling sector, according to a report issued today by Frank Murawski, president of FTM Consulting Inc.

His report on the state of the market concludes that renewed growth will be driven by the need for network congestion relief in those networks experiencing bottlenecks such as the data centre.

“The need for higher speeds will primarily include Gigabit Ethernet speeds in excess of 1 Gbps,” Murawski said. “This will require fiber cabling, as copper cabling will not provide the performance required. Our analysis indicates that copper UTP cabling will under perform for speeds in excess of 1 Gbps over longer distances.

“We project a major shift in the market by 2008, when, for the first time, fiber cabling shipments exceed copper UTP cabling shipments.

“Copper has always dominated the market. Fiber cabling is expected to become the dominant cabling media for structured cabling system applications, such as data centres, campus and Fiber-to-the-Zone (FTTZ). In addition, fiber cabling will continue to be the dominant cabling used in riser cabling subsystems.”

According to this study, fiber cabling shipments are forecast to grow from US$1.2 billion in 2005, at a growth rate of 26.3%, to US$4 billion by 2010. The highest growth application is expected to be data centres.

Additional details can be found at www.ftmconsultinginc.com or by calling (717) 533-4990.