Still used mainly for carrier backbones, 10 Gigabit Ethernet is the latest in the IEEE Gigabit standards. It supercedes Gigabit Ethernet.
If predicted price falls take place, businesses will be able to use the higher-capacity network technology to connect IT infrastructure between buildings and cater for ever-increasing storage and traffic demands.
Gartner analyst Ian Keene said that although prices were likely to drop, businesses should put important IT projects on hold until the emerging networking technology is cheaper.
"Prices will come down significantly over the next 18 months, but whether businesses invest in 10 Gigabit Ethernet depends on whether it is something they need. Although prices will fall, if you have a need for the technology you should not put off projects to wait for a bargain."