Network managers unsure of cable upgrade options



A quarter of network managers are considering upgrading their cabling infrastructure, but over half don't know what type of cable they will upgrade to, and are...



A quarter of network managers are considering upgrading their cabling infrastructure, but over half don't know what type of cable they will upgrade to, and are confused about the options, writes Antony Savvas.

The findings are contained in the annual Black Box Network Industry Survey.

Black Box managing director Patrick Hudgell says, "With rapid advances taking place in cabling technology, fuelled by the continuing debate over standards and the push for more bandwidth, it is understandable that network managers will want to consider all their options carefully.

"But it is alarming that over half profess not to know what these are."

The uncertainty in the survey is concentrated among those users contemplating a move to higher performance cabling options. Gigabit Ethernet installations are projected to increase by 40% over the next 12 months.

Overall, Category 5 cabling continues to dominate in UK companies (73%), while Category 6, designed for greater bandwidth, is now being considered by almost 15% of firms. But more expensive fibre continues to rise in popularity, with an installed base of just over 10%. It is expected rise to 14% by the end of the year.

Black Box found that 4% of managers didn't even know what cable they currently had. The survey results were based on 425 responses.

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