Thanks to Peter Marsh, who is the Enterprise technical support manager for the United Kingdom, for his contributions to this article and video demonstration from Cisco Live in London.
Back in 2010, the 100GE standard was ratified by the IEEE 802.3ba committee for transmissions up to 150 meters of OM4 fiber cable. This standard addressed the critical challenges facing technology providers, such as the growing number of applications with demonstrated bandwidth needs far exceeding existing Ethernet capabilities, by providing a larger, more durable bandwidth pipeline. As we’ve seen, the demands put on bandwidth are increasing rapidly. We at CommScope understand the demand for bandwidth and are developing solutions that will deliver and provide the right amount of bandwidth our customers expect.
Last year, CommScope broke the standard during Cisco Live inLondon. In fact, we shattered the record by 190 meters—a mark no one ever thought was possible. Did we stop there? Of course not! We believed we could improve the distance and we did just that.
During this year’s Cisco Live (the site of last year’s success), we made history again—exceeding our mark of 340 meters by more than 132 meters (to a length of 472 meters). CommScope’s 472-meter link proves that the range could be effectively doubled through the combined use of high-performance connectivity solutions and advanced optoelectronics. This demonstration shows that our customers will not have to re-engineer their networks or deploy new cable when they eventually evolve to 100G—a future proof path from 10G through 40G and onto 100G with error-free operation.
If you didn’t attend the show in London, I encourage you to watch the video of the record-breaking demonstration.
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