CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV), a leader in broadband and high-performance
communication cables, today announced that its current standard grade
"Category 5" Local Area Network (LAN) products already meet the proposed
tougher industry standard for "Category 5E" cables. CommScope's
distributors can now formally upgrade their current inventories to the
higher performing Category 5E status.
While universal standards for structured cabling are still evolving,
industry groups such as the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Electronic
Industry Association (EIA) have defined different categories of cabling
transmission performance. These standards have become the benchmark for
cable performance specifications. The ANSI/TIA/EIA 568 standard defines
the "minimum" mechanical and transmission performance levels for
structured cabling within a commercial building.
The proposed revision to the 568 standard creates a new tier of
performance, called Category 5E, which will affect LAN product
segmentation and pricing. The higher-priced Category 5E compliant cables
are designed for high-speed, full duplex networks and will provide
improved performance compared to "standard grade" Category 5.
"We're delighted to continue to create value for our customers," said
Mike Murphy, Senior Vice President, LAN Products. "Our recent quality
assurance test data confirms that our current standard Category 5
products are compliant with the pending Category 5E industry standard.
This new tier provides customers a greater choice of products to meet
their networking needs."
CommScope is the world's largest manufacturer of coaxial cable and is a
leading supplier of high-performance cables for LAN and other
applications. For more information on more than 6,000 coaxial, fiber and
twisted-pair cable products visit CommScope's web site at www.commscope.com.
SOURCE CommScope, Inc.
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