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For Immediate Release
March 14, 2005

Siemon Soars Past One Million 10G Ports Worldwide

Siemon is the most widely-used 10G copper cabling solution in the world. The company is celebrating the installation of more than a million 10G-ready copper ports, including more than 500,000 UTP ports and over 500,000 combined screened (F/UTP) and fully-shielded (S/FTP) ports.

Launched in January 2003, Siemon's 10G ip™ structured cabling system was the first telecommunications cabling solution guaranteed to support operation of the pending IEEE 802.3an 10GBASE-T application.

This milestone underscores the growing market trend towards 10 Gigabit-capable solutions, as illustrated by fibre LAN switch market figures (see below). In fact, the IEEE 802.3an standard outlining 10 Gigabit transmission over copper cabling is on track to publish in July 2006. It is anticipated that the commercial availability of 10GBASE-T equipment will reach the current affordability and availability of 1000BASE-T by January 2008 at about 1/3 the current cost of a 10G fibre port.

While 10 Gigabit technology is increasingly embraced by standards organisations, 10 Gigabit-ready cabling also enjoys growing adoption in the end-user market. With over a million ports installed, Siemon's 10G ip solution is a prime example of this trend. There is a growing list of enterprises, including many Global 500 companies that see the benefits of installing 10 Gigabit-ready cabling today. The predominant reason is assuring longevity of the cable plant. With industry specifications such as the new TIA 942 Data Centre Standard recommending infrastructure designs capable of accommodating growth without the need to revisit horizontal cabling, 10G ip cabling is the perfect solution.

The trend towards planning for 10GBASE-T in the horizontal cabling infrastructure is also being driven by initiatives requiring the handling of extremely large files at the desktop. Today, even the information on the memory card for a typical digital camera can be one Gigabyte in size. With application sizes doubling every 18 months according to Gate's Law and the associated file sizes growing at nearly the same rate as dictated by Parkinson's Law, end-users are often finding data transfer times unacceptably slow on networks running at less than 1 Gb/s. Furthermore, standards anticipate that even 1 Gb/s transfer rates will be too slow for typical network traffic within in the next five to 10 years.

Many customers who now specify Siemon's 10G ip solution for new sites similarly installed Siemon's category 6 solution when it was released as the industry's first category 6 cabling system in 1999; years before the category 6 standard was ratified. Those early adopters who chose Siemon's category 6 over lower-performing category 5 or 5e solutions enjoy the performance and longevity benefits of that decision today. These same customers now choose 10G ip over lesser performing cabling as the best solution to maximise the future performance of their new sites.

Today's customers make cabling decisions based upon sophisticated return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis. Using industry-accepted ROI calculation life expectancies of 10 years for the cabling plant, five years for network equipment, and 18 months for applications software it is easily demonstrated that installing 10 Gigabit-ready cabling maximizes cabling ROI. With a 10G ip product line that includes UTP, F/UTP and S/FTP, as well as 50 micron multimode and singlemode fibre, Siemon is the only manufacturer with over two years proven experience delivering a comprehensive offering of 10 Gigabit-ready cabling solutions.

To learn more, read white paper: "10G Ethernet Over Structured Copper Cabling"


About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
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