Category 5e Becoming Obsolete?

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According to CommScope, a significant change is on the way in how office buildings are cabled.  In a recent blog post by CommScope’s Allan Nielsen and Matias Peluffo, we learned that Category 5e cabling, which is used in many offices around the world, will be considered obsolete for new installations following a decision this month by the ISO/IEC cabling standards body.  After careful consideration of technology trends, wired and wireless bandwidth requirements and current market demand for the various cabling types, the ISO/IEC Working Group (JTC1/SC25 WG3) responsible for the development of the 11801 standard, recently decided to upgrade the minimum recommendation for the horizontal cabling in offices.

Read the full article here. The Category 5e standard has been around since it was ratified in the 90’s.  Do you think it’s really on its way out?

One Response to Category 5e Becoming Obsolete?

  1. waboyd said on
    October 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Yet at the same time, Superior/Essex comes out with an enhanced version of Cat 5e with larger conductor sizes.
    Go figure.

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