A survey conducted by Avaya Inc. has revealed 82 per cent of enterprise network decision-makers will install Catego...
November 5, 2002
A survey conducted by Avaya Inc. has revealed 82 per cent of enterprise network decision-makers will install Category 6 cabling in their next installation.
Ratified earlier this year by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and ISO/IEC, Category 6/Class E cabling standards establish a benchmark for network performance in Local Area Networks (LANs).
The report, entitled “Cabling Infrastructure: Ready for Tomorrow’s Network Traffic or Heading for Congestion,” contains responses from more than 2,000 organizations in 38 countries.
The research shows that 19 per cent of respondents were already using video conferencing and 27 per cent intend to increase their use of multimedia video applications, including video conferencing. Demand for quality and reliability on the rise
The research also revealed that network downtime, together with moves, adds and changes, is costing businesses millions of dollars in lost productivity. From research data, it is estimated, for example, that downtime is costing companies with more than 7,500 network users an average US$5.5 million annually in lost employee productivity alone. The significance of these losses is widely recognized by respondents.
Downtime was cited as the issue of greatest concern more often than any other. Unprompted, 26 per cent of respondents said downtime was the most likely network issue to keep them awake at night and a further 15 per cent said degraded network performance was their biggest worry. Network downtime experienced by users of Category 6 cabling was less than among users of Category 5 and 5e solutions.