For years, CommScope has been participating and contributing to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) standards development efforts. Most recently, experts from CommScope participated in the IEEE 802.3 July 2012 Plenary meeting and discussed the possibility of developing more innovative techniques to enhance the performance of copper cabling and to explore the Next Generation BASE-T (NGBASE-T) application over balanced twisted pair cabling. As always, their meeting resulted in new findings and a study group, one that will provide the necessary information for new advances in copper cabling. 

The study group, commissioned by the IEEE 802.3, agreed to explore the technical feasibility and the broad market potential for higher speed Ethernet networks over structured twisted pair copper cabling. Thus far, networks over balanced twisted pair copper cabling have served well in the adaption and evolution of Ethernet local area networks (LANs) and are all expected to continue to grow in popularity. 

CommScope developed a white paper around the subject of NGBASE-T and its corresponding cabling. Inside the paper, which is available for download, readers can find out the following:


  • Is new balanced twisted pair copper cabling required?

  • What is the bandwidth and capacity of new cabling? 

  • What is the market opportunity for NGBASE-T?

  • What are the important characteristics that drive NGBASE-T?

  • What is the technical feasibility for NGBASE-T?

  • What is the expected timing for the introduction of NGBASE-T?

  • What are the data center topologies where NGBASE-T will be deployed? 


CommScope has made the white paper available for download to all parties interested in learning more about twisted pair copper cabling. Keep checking back as we unveil more information about the approval of the new study group and the growing need for balanced twisted pair copper cabling as a cost-effective media for Ethernet applications.

About the Author

David Oldenbuttel

David Oldenbuttel is Strategic Marketing Manager for the Enterprise division at CommScope. He has worked in the technology industry for the past 14 years in a variety of management and product marketing roles for firms such as IBM and Fujitsu. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

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