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Cable sharing helping to offset effect of rising copper prices on network infrastructure

  • 22 May, 2006 12:11

<p>SYDNEY, May 22. With copper prices soaring and showing little signs of stabilising, network cabling companies have been forced to adjust copper cable pricing accordingly. Copper prices have tripled over the past four years, rising over 59% between January and May of 2006 alone, according to the London Metal Exchange (LME),</p>
<p>“Enterprises are facing difficult network infrastructure decisions,” explains Bob Carlson, Siemon’s VP of Global Marketing. “It is a well-established best-practice to install a future-proof cabling plant capable of supporting the next generation of application speeds. The total cost of ownership on 10Gb/s capable cabling is far better than lower performing options. While these full-lifecycle savings hold true even with increasing copper prices, the up-front costs can act as a deterrent.”</p>
<p>Enterprises are under pressure to balance long-term costs with current expenditures. Rising copper prices have led some to explore fibre-to-the-desk alternatives. Although fibre can provide a future-proof option, it is not capable of supporting the growing demand for Power over Ethernet applications, and the cost of fibre electronics remains prohibitively high for horizontal applications.</p>
<p>Fully-shielded (S/FTP) category 7/class F copper cabling, such as Siemon’s TERA™, is capable of supporting application speeds well beyond 10Gb/s. This future-proof performance provides an extended cabling lifecycle, driving the total cost of ownership (TCO) well below that of category 5e, category 6 and even category 6A UTP. (Source: Cabling Lifecycles and Total Cost of Ownership, C. Higbie, 4/2006 Link:</p>
<p>While long-term savings and performance capabilities beyond 10Gb/s are driving global adoption of the TERA system, its unique cable-sharing ability in support of lower speed applications can provide up-front savings by reducing cable counts. By combining the use of one TERA outlet dedicated for high-speed applications, and another for cable sharing of lower speed voice and video applications, end-users benefit simultaneously from the highest performing and most cost effective copper solution.</p>
<p>Accepted by both TIA and ISO, cable sharing describes the practice of running more than one application over different pairs of a twisted-pair copper telecommunications channel. In the case of category 7/class F TERA, up to four applications can be supported with a single cable. This ability is a function of both cable and outlet construction. (Source: Cable Sharing in Commercial Building Environments: Reducing Cost, Simplifying Cable Management, and Converging Applications onto Twisted-Pair Media, V. Rybinski, 4/2006 Link:</p>
<p>By virtue of individually foil-wrapped pairs and overall screen, S/FTP cable exhibits excellent internal, pair-to-pair crosstalk control. This allows separate applications to run without interference from others within the same sheath. The cable construction is further supported by the TERA 4-quandrant isolated outlet, the only non-RJ category 7 interface recognized by ISO/IEC.</p>
<p>Fitting within a standard RJ footprint, the combination of the TERA outlet and cord options allows extremely simple facilitation of cable sharing. As with traditional cabling channels, all four pairs of each cable are terminated in a single outlet. However, unlike an RJ interface, the TERA outlet can support up to 4 one-pair cords, 2 two-pair cords or a combination of the two, without the need for additional splitters or adapters. Using these features, many popular applications may be converged onto a single cable:</p>
<p>- Analog Voice, 1 pair
- VoIP, 2 pair
- Video over IP, 2 pair
- CATV, 1 pair
- CCTV, 1 pair
- 10/100BASE-T, 2 pair</p>
<p>Depending on the applications supported, a single TERA cable can replace up to 4 copper channels. With copper prices significantly raising the cost of cable, this reduction in total cable runs can provide an immediate cost benefit.</p>
<p>To learn more about the cost benefits of cable sharing using Siemon’s TERA system, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis, Security benefits and the ease of termination, grounding and bonding of the TERA system, visit or contact your local Siemon sales person.</p>
<p>About Siemon</p>
<p>Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of unshielded, shielded, twisted-pair copper and fibre cabling systems available. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&amp;D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.</p>
<p>Siemon’s Australian head office is located in Allambie Heights, Sydney, with offices also located in Brisbane and Melbourne.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Alana Patton David Frost
The Siemon Company PR Deadlines Pty Ltd
(02) 8977 7500 (02) 4341 5021</p>
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<p>Siemon Australia maintains a wide range of feature material covering all aspects of cabling, networks, and associated topics. To receive one or more of these, please contact Alana Patton or David Frost (details above). We can edit features to whatever length you require; or you are welcome to use extracts as long as you credit Siemon; or we could arrange a telephone interview with the writer; or you could email her any questions you might have. Features include:</p>
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* Understanding bandwidths &amp; bottlenecks
* Optimising network performance
* Check ROI when implementing blades
* Balancing cabling life-cycles and TCO
* Compliance and intelligent patching
* Data storage rationalisation
* What bandwidth will you need in 2016?
* Seven-layer security – network cabling, third greatest threat to the enterprise.
* Are you dense? - maximising floor space, hence cost, through efficient cabling.
* Budget this… IT planners should look ahead 5-10 years.
* Business continuity vs disaster recovery planning.
* Cabling basics for network managers.
* Tech update – Cat 5e, 6, 7 comparison
* Cabling cost comparison.
* Check cabling to locate network errors.
* Common IT errors and causes.
* Congestion (in networks) – can standards provide relief?
* The not-so-subtle art of contract negotiation (insist on top-grade networks).
* Why cabling is crucial to the health of networks.
* Grid computing – the future from the past.
* Protecting cabling in harsh environments.
* Help – the network’s down!
* How much is IT worth?
* How to set up a testbed.
* ieee standards.
* Kicking the tyres – know what you are buying.
* Proper work area.
* Understanding certifications.
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* Which switch?
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