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Research and Markets: Fiber to surpass copper cabling by 2008

Dublin research firm Research and Markets is predicting the resumption of double digit growth for the structured ca...


August 17, 2005  


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Dublin research firm Research and Markets is predicting the resumption of double digit growth for the structured cabling industry starting next year.

The 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, which Research and Markets says will require fiber cabling, as copper cabling will not provide the performance required.

“A major shift in the market is projected by 2008, when, for the first time, fiber cabling shipments exceed copper UTP cabling shipments,” the firm says.

“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.

It is projected that copper UTP cabling will continue to dominate the horizontal cabling subsystem market in the future. Fiber-to-the-Desk (FTTD) will remain illusive, being a small percentage of the total horizontal cabling subsystem market in the future.

FTTD will be found mainly in niche applications, in which speeds of 10 Gbps or higher are required at the workstations. For example, CAD or CAM terminals or any workstation handling a great deal of video feeds will be the typical application implementing FTTD in the future.

According to the study, fiber cabling shipments are forecast to grow from US $1.2 billion in 2005, at a growth rate of 26.3%, to $4.0 billion by 2010. The highest growth application is expected to be data centres.

Topics covered in the report include a look at applications that are driving the need for fiber cabling and the role of UTP cabling in the future.