As a founding member of the NBASE-T Alliance℠, Cisco is proud to celebrate IEEE’s approval of IEEE 802.3bzTM (2.5G/5G BASE-T) as a new Ethernet standard. From the start we saw the issue, understood the opportunity and realized the value to customers. Some of our most talented engineers are investing their time and energy in the alliance. Today, Cisco engineers such as Peter Jones hold key leadership positions within the Alliance. We have been a driving force behind the industry momentum that has led to IEEE ratification in less than two years.

And we’re not just committed to the concept, we’re committed to driving adoption. Over these last two years we have shown our leadership by introducing the industry’s first NBASE-T technology in our Cisco Catalyst Portfolio and we continue to expand our support in across our enterprise networking and Meraki solutions. (Want more details? Expanding Your Network, Creating More Bandwidth, NBASE-T and Wave 2 Just Make Sense, Multigigabit and Wave 2 Wi-Fi )

More and More. Faster and Faster.
As new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology is being deployed the need to offload more and more data at higher and higher speeds from the wireless to the wired network has never been so critical.

Going beyond 1 Gb/s with existing Cat5e and Cat6 cables was little more than a talking point two years ago. But now with NBASE-T, we have the ability to extend the life of an enormous asset —your wired network. The Cat5e and Cat6 installed in just the last 15 years now exceeds an estimated 70 billion meters of cabling.

Costly. Painful. Sometimes just not doable.
For some, a re-cabling isn’t even possible. For others, unfeasible.  For the rest, re-cabling is just costly and disruptive.  It is easy to imagine the value of delivering multi-gigabit speeds to the more than 1.3 billion Cat 5e/6 outlets worldwide if it doesn’t require the huge head-ache and expense of a major cable replacement. The promise of NBASE-T has to have nearly every CFO, CTO, building manager and IT group breathing a huge sigh of relief.

wreckingSolving the Problem – upgrade a switch
Taking lessons learned from a now mature 10GBASE-T technology, NBASE-T uses a type of signaling that boosts data throughput over twisted pair copper cable and takes us beyond previous limitations (up to 100 meters of Cat 5e/6).  So by upgrading the networking equipment, you can dramatically boost your network performance whether it’s an enterprise, service provider or home network.



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Cisco has been a key driving force behind the IEEE 802.3bz standard definition and the growth of the industry eco-system.  As part of the NBASE-T Alliance℠, Cisco is focused on promoting and advancing 2.5GBASE-T/5GBASE-T as well as insuring the success of testing and interoperability events to facilitate the development and deployment of interoperable products.

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