Access to high bandwidth is considered an imperative for faster data transmission and in establishing connections through applications such as video calling. The demand for high bandwidth is, therefore, increasing robustly, which in turn is boosting the structured cabling market. Furthermore, with the escalating number of Internet users, the demand for better bandwidth is poised to soar, and will in turn translate into higher demand for structured cabling. The technologies that are being deployed within data centers today rely majorly on the cabling infrastructure to deliver new higher bandwidth solutions.

Global Market

The global structured cabling market is likely to exhibit a CAGR of 7.1 percent from 2016 to 2021. 
The market is estimated to clock revenue of USD 11.45 billion by the end of 2021, according to Transparency Market Research. Increasing demand from enterprise resource planning (ERP) coupled with growing trend of migrating customer relationship management (CRM) to third-party data centers has triggered the need for higher bandwidth in commercial sectors. This in turn is responsible for the huge demand for structured cabling across different sectors, which has higher bandwidth and facilitates faster data transmission in comparison to traditional cabling system.

Impetus to demand is provided by rise in Internet penetration, high adoption rate of automation for home and industries, high bandwidth demand across industries, rising trend of communication infrastructure, and convergence of data centers. In addition, the need for modernization and expansion of communication network adopted by different enterprises is expected to accelerate demand.

In recent years, power-over-Ethernet (PoE) has established itself as the key technology enabling network administrators, installers, and system integrators to handle the integrated supply of terminal equipment with energy and data via structured cabling.

By enabling intelligent devices to connect to a single IP network, PoE offers a cost-efficient cabling solution in that it reduces the amount of cable necessary to power and control networked devices. It also improves installation efficiency by eliminating need for multiple cable runs.

Industry acceptance for PoE has been quite large, with many vendors creating an array of devices to take advantage of this converged power/communication technology. Currently, the PoE++ standard IEEE 802.3bt is nearing completion, which will be backwards-compatible and support a variety of different power levels up to a potentially 90 W, and 10 GBase‐T operation. The anticipated adoption for the standard is 2017.

Sigma Byte

Ketan Kothari

Managing Director

Today, data centers need increasingly higher speeds, design flexibility, and a cost-effective migration path. Bandwidth requirements continue to grow, driven by virtualization, big data, mobile applications, new ways of working, service and network convergence, and high-bit-rate video and audio streaming. There is the seemingly unstoppable move to streaming more and more audio and video. The arrival of new technologies and platforms, such as ultra-high-definition 4K video will accelerate this trend further. In the data center, individual devices require ever-faster interconnects. For example, one physical server now runs maybe ten virtual servers - and so the physical interconnect must handle roughly ten times the data.

So far most of the high-bandwidth connectivity within DC was using optical fiber - be it for 40G or 100G connectivity. This was an expensive proposition with the cost of optical network ports still being much higher than traditional copper network ports and eventually increasing total cost of deployment of network. In a study carried out some time ago, the IEEE concluded that it would be commercially interesting if twisted pairs could be used for higher data rates over distances between 20 and 30 meters.

In June 2016, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-42.7 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee approved the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1 standard for Category 8 cabling systems. This is a big leap from CAT6A standard, which was the last standard ratified way back in 2008.Category 8 is being developed to support 25 and 40 Gbps speeds over short (up to 30 m) distances. This is specifically aimed at data center requirement and not for enterprise requirements. This may be typically used in switch-to-server links at the DC edge or rack-level interconnects. Importantly, the distance limitation will limit deployment of CAT8 in EOR architecture and we may see this mostly deployed in TOR or MOR architecture.

In July 2016, IEEE 802.3bq 25G/40GBASE-T Task Force ratified 25G/40GBase-T specifications. The standard's ratification comes shortly after the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) approved its standard specifications for Category 8 cabling, which is the twisted-pair-type designed to support 25GBase-T and 40GBase-T. Category 8 will support up to 2000 MHz which is four times what CAT6A supported and this will be using shielded components unlike unshielded components earlier used for CAT6A. The interface will continue to remain 8-pin modular (RJ45) connector which is fully backward compatible with previous categories. One important aspect to note is that this will require grounding to be done, which could be a challenge for many contractors.


Prasanna Kumar

Commercial Director-Enterprise 
Networks, India

India is the world's third-largest Internet user after the U.S. and China, with more than 150 million users. Gartner predicts the Indian data center infrastructure market will hit USD 2 billion in 2016, growing more than 5 percent in 12 months. India is set to become one of the five largest data center markets over the next 30 years.

Preparing for higher storage capacity and enhanced network connectivity, performance and security are critical drivers. Operators are demanding world best-practice in deploying optical cable and hardware; they need future-ready data center connectivity solutions that deliver tomorrow's connections today. Data centres and SANs are migrating to faster transmission speeds to find and send data back to consumers as quickly as possible. Corning's EDGE8 is the most future-ready data center connectivity solution available for simple, efficient, and cost-effective migration to transmission speeds up to 400 Gbps.

EDGE8 is the industry's first modular, tip-to-tip optical cabling system to feature an eight-fiber (Base-8) cabling design that maximizes per-rack-unit density for better network scalability and improved link performance.

Extensive discussions with all of the major transceiver, switch, server, and storage vendors led Corning to develop a Base-8 solution to provide a very high return on investment for 40 to 400G applications that are transceiver-independent without costly and disruptive upgrades.

R&M India

Gaurav Ahluwalia

Managing Director

R&M expects double-figure growth to continue in the coming years in some market segments. Data center operators in particular are expected to show increasing demand for fiber optic cabling system solutions. R&M anticipates growth of around 20 percent per year in this segment. The increase in data traffic means that data centers have to invest in higher-performance network architectures and in the consolidation of their infrastructures. Over the next three years, these trends are set to influence the industrial sector to an extent seen never before by the market.

According to R&M, consolidation, automation, and increases in efficiency are today some of the most important challenges relating to the operation of data centers. We recognized these needs and adapted our product development accordingly. R&M is also supporting the industrialization of data center operations with a recently expanded network-monitoring system that enables the fully automated monitoring of cabling infrastructure across all distances and in all magnitudes. Data centers with large numbers of plug connections will no longer be able to handle them all in future without an automated infrastructure management

The latest developments, such as the dramatic increase in the private use of action cameras and cellphones with extremely high resolution, allow data traffic to keep on growing. They enable functions such as the transfer of live pictures via the Internet and cellular phone networks. We also now have the Internet of Things, which is currently on the rise. Today, around nine billion things are connected to the Internet, transmitting data constantly. Other estimations suggest there are in fact 25 billion pieces of terminal equipment. In the end, most data from the Internet of Things will end up back in data centers, which must enhance their infrastructures accordingly and provide networks that are available permanently. R&M firmly believes that the right response to these developments is modular, robust cabling technology that is flexible in its use and intuitive in its installation. The less complicated these connections are, the easier it will be for the Internet of Things to grow. Seamless, secure connectivity is a fundamental requirement if we are to truly benefit from the Internet of Things.


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