Middle East moves to Cat 6 cabling

According to a report by Avaya, 96% of Middle East enterprises are intending to install Category 6 cabling when they next upgrade their infrastructure.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  November 13, 2002

The Middle East is leading the move towards Category 6 cabling according to a survey carried out by Avaya. A report from the vendor reveals that 96% of regional enterprises intend to install the high performance cabling solution when they next upgrade their systems; this is in comparison to 82% of global enterprises.

“Our research indicates Middle East organisations, like their counterparts worldwide, are keenly aware of the loss in business network downtime can create, but they are also more proactive in combating the problem. Of those surveyed, 37% of Middle East enterprises had already installed the industry’s latest offering compared to the global figure of 28%,” says Martin Hennessey, sales director, connectivity solutions Avaya, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Greece.

Although the standard was only ratified in June this year, enterprises are keen to upgrade to Cat 6 to avoid the loss of productivity that can be caused by network downtime. 26% of respondents cited network downtime as they prime concern, while degradation of network performance was a worry for 15% of survey participants.

“Cabling that meets Category 6 standards gives businesses the infrastructure performance they need to increase productivity through greater use of networked systems. It enables the reliable, high-speed communication is essential to handle the extra traffic generated by greater use of networked, productivity-enhancing software,” comments Hennessey.

Additionally only 8% of Cat 6 users experience more than five hours of downtime per month, in comparison to 11% of Cat 5 and Cat 5e customers.

“Respondents who said downtime had a major impact on productivity were the most likely to be deploying fast networking in the horizontal, but their deployment of Category 6 cabling was only marginally above the average for all respondents,” comments Hennessey.

“As a result, when traffic levels grow, some of these organisations may find their cabling has too little headroom to avoid long wait times and poor streaming media quality when traffic peaks,” he adds.

The report also revealed that 37% of Middle East organisations have upgraded to Gigabit Ethernet in their local area networks (LANs) compared to a global figure of 31%. In addition, 28% of regional enterprises expect to scale up to 10 Gigabit for horizontal applications in the near future, while 7.2% of Middle East enterprises already claim to have deployed 10 Gig.

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