High performance cabling cuts downtime

A survey released this week discovered that users reported on average 1.9 hours of network downtime a month and found that companies that have deployed higher performance cabling tended to experience lower average downtime.

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A survey released this week has discovered that users reported on average 1.9 hours of network downtime a month and found that companies that have deployed higher performance cabling tended to experience lower than average downtime.

The global enterprise network trends report from vendor CommScope questioned nearly 1,500 IT professionals across 45 countries and found that more organisations are planning to move to more advanced network cabling with greater capacity to cut the impact of downtime on productivity.

The study demonstrates that more and more IT professionals are planning to install copper-based Category 6A cabling, while Category 5e cabling is heading for obsolescence. Category 6A cabling currently represents 5% of the installed base of structured cabling systems. Respondents now expect 25% of new installations to use Category 6A cabling, up from just 17% a year ago. The largest adopters are expected to be in the finance and technology sectors.

And, from a fibre perspective, there has been rapid growth in acceptance of laser optimised multimode fibre as an alternative to traditional multimode and single-mode fibre, where OM3 laser optimised multimode fibre is expected to become dominant for future installations. OM3 is expected to be used in 43% of new fibre installations in the next five years.

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