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Superior Essex, Leviton sign new NextLan development pact

Superior Essex and Leviton Voice & Data Division have formed a marketing and engineering alliance built around the...


May 3, 2004  


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Superior Essex and Leviton Voice & Data Division have formed a marketing and engineering alliance built around the NextLAN cabling system.

Under the new agreement, the companies will dedicate respective resources to promote products that comprise the NextLAN offering and will co-develop new technologies and product enhancements for the LAN marketplace.

The two companies have also started to jointly work towards the development of a 10 Gigabit copper cabling system which will comply with the requirements of the IEEE 802.3an task group.

“The technology surrounding 10G Base-T is in the early stages and far from the type of standard that will allow for open plug and play cable and connectivity,” said Pete Newman, Director of Marketing and Customer Service for Leviton Voice & Data.

“We believe the only way to stay ahead of the 10G curve is to work closely with one cable manufacturer to overcome technical challenges quickly.”

The joint development aspect of the agreement will also assure improved performance for newer applications such as VoIP and Power over Ethernet as both companies will focus more engineering effort to enhance the NextLAN suite of channel systems for future technologies.

NextLAN is a suite of copper and fiber channel systems comprised of Leviton connectivity and Superior Essex cabling products.

NextLAN systems encompass the bulk of all components used within the horizontal and backbone cabling infrastructure, including Category 5e/6 cabling, fiber cabling, workstation outlets, cross connect panels, and interface cords.