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Berk‐Tek adds fiber to its EVERYTHING IP platform

November 8, 2016  

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Berk‐Tek, a Nexans Company, has expanded its EVERYTHING IP platform to include fiber optic offerings.

The company said that it recognized years ago that “IP networks would one day be at the center of virtually everything we do. Hence, EVERYTHING IP would eventually be here and it would mean lots of changes in what we need and expect from our network infrastructure.

“At that time, (we) identified three market drivers that would force the development of new technologies: explosive bandwidth growth, an evolution in wireless technology and more Power over Ethernet (PoE).

“As a result of the evolution in wireless technology, we are now starting to experience the rapid adoption of Category 6A, primarily to support the growth of the 802.11ac wireless technology. As the speed and bandwidth of wireless access points (WAP) continues to increase with 802.11ac, not only will we need more Category 6A to each WAP, but also, more WAPs will be needed to support the same square footage as previous 802.11 generations.

According to Berk-Tek, the industry is currently witnessing a transition from 1‐Gigabit drops to a wall outlet to 10‐Gigabit drops to ceiling outlets. “The 10‐Gigabit backbone installed 10 years ago to support 1‐Gigabit drops isn’t going to be enough anymore. Moving to a 40‐Gigabit backbone to support a growing number of 10‐Gigabit drops warrants serious consideration.”

The company says moving from 10 Gigabits per second to 40 Gigabits per second reduces the reach of OM3 fiber (typically used in backbone applications) from 300 meters to 100 meters.

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