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The Register – Cisco and friends chase WiFi’s searing speeds with new cable standard

Cisco is buddying up with three semiconductor companies to push Cat 5e and Cat 6 connections beyond the gigabit mark, to bring the Ethernet world into line with speeds on the table from future WiFi network standards.

The Borg, along with Freescale, Xilinx and Aquantia, has looked at enterprise cabling and found it wanting: while wireless vendors are gearing up to ship 802.11ac Wave 2 products that could crank access up into the multi-Gbps range, the cables connecting those access points can’t keep up.

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