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Save the Cables – Be a Hero! Says NBASE-T Alliance at Upcoming BICSI Fall Panel

Highlights Success of Running 2.5G/5GBASE-T Over Existing Cat5e/Cat6 Cables

Beaverton, OR, September 26, 2017 –  The NBASE-T Alliance, an industry-wide cooperative effort focused on enabling the development and deployment of products that support 2.5G and 5GBASE-T Ethernet, today announced it will lead a panel discussion “Save the Cables – Be a Hero!” at the upcoming BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition, to be held September 24-28, 2017 in Las Vegas.

With the massive installed base of 70 billion meters of Cat 5e/Cat6 cables and new generation 802.11ac Wave 2 devices on the market, customers need a viable answer to the 1Gb/s roadblock. Enter NBASE-T technology, compatible with the 2.5G/5GBASE-T IEEE 802.3bz standard, but with additional features, and enabling a 5x increase in bandwidth without the need to rip and replace cables. This is not a future hope, but a current reality and this panel discussion includes a systems vendor perspective on the benefits of using NBASE-T technology, a cabling vendor view on meeting NBASE-T requirements and a testing vendor’s insight on assessing existing installations for NBASE-T success. The presentation will also include examples of various industries and applications using NBASE-T technology successfully in today’s market.

BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

“Save the Cables – Be a Hero!” Panel
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

George Zimmerman, Member of NBASE-T Alliance Board, President of CME Consulting and Chief Editor, IEEE P802.3bz Task Force

Peter Jones, NBASE-T Alliance Chair and Principal Engineer, Cisco

Frank Straka, Product Line Manager, Panduit Corp.

Jim Davis, Regional Marketing Engineer, Fluke Networks

About the NBASE-T Alliance
The NBASE-T Alliance was founded in 2014 to build consensus and help streamline the development of a new standard. That standard, IEEE 802.3bz, was approved in September 2016 and is compatible with specifications published by the NBASE-T Alliance. In addition, the specification includes features that further optimize networks based on the standard. The specifications enabled member companies to quickly develop and deploy 2.5G and 5GBASE-T products, making use of the large, installed base of copper cabling, such as Cat5e and Cat6, found in many places including enterprise, home and service provider networks. Today, the alliance continues to publish specifications, facilitate interoperability and educate the market about the multiple applications of the technology. Visit us at or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.


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