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Network World – Cisco, others pushing 2.5G, 5G Ethernet

Cisco and three other vendors have formed an alliance to promote the development of 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet technology for enterprise networks. The other three participants in the NBASE-T Alliance are silicon, semiconductor and IC companies Aquantia, Freescale and Xilinx.

The objective of the nonprofit alliance is to enable multi-gigabit Ethernet speeds on existing Gigabit Ethernet cabling. Alliance members say there’s demand for a unified approach to the deployment of faster data rates on Cat5e and Cat6 twisted-pair copper cables matching the bandwidth increase driven by 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points and other technologies, such as 802.11ad, 802.11ax and LiFi.

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