In the preceding years, copper cables were adopted in the largest quantity, due to the low cost of foil-screened twisted pair (FTP), shielded twisted pair (STP), and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables, and no additional cost associated with copper cabling infrastructure. The copper cabling system also comprises cooper outlets, copper patch cords, and copper patch panel ports. Whereas, the fiber cabling system is a combination of single-mode (SM) and multi-mode (MM) fiber cables, fiber outlets, fiber patch panel ports, and fiber patch cords.
Both types of structured cabling use category 7, category 5e, category 6A, or category 6 wires. In the upcoming years, category 7 wires will be deployed in huge volumes because category 7 standard cables offer 10 gigabits (GB) ethernet over 1,000 m of copper cabling. In addition, the excellent noise resisting ability of category 7 wires, on account of the shielding property of such wires with twisted pairs, will also facilitate their deployment for data centers and local area network (LAN) applications.
In recent years, structured cabling product producing companies, such as ABB Ltd., Belden Inc., Corning Incorporated, CommScope Holding Company Inc., Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., Legrand Holding SA, Nexans S.A., Panduit Corp., Schneider Electric SE, Siemon Company, and TE Connectivity Ltd., have involved in product launches to reach out to a greater number of customers. For instance, in February 2021, Panduit Corp. unveiled the 400G next-generation connector-based solution (CS) connector to maximize data center fiber to rack density, reduce the congestion in pathways, and enable easy access in high-density applications.
In the coming years, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region will dominate the structured cabling market, due to the rising number of data centers and soaring demand for high-speed internet in regional countries. Additionally, the surging penetration of cloud computing technology will also facilitate the deployment of structured cabling solutions at data centers. Moreover, rapid digitization in India, South Korea, Japan, and China will also create an extensive requirement for structured cabling, owing to fast and smooth internet connectivity with this cabling option.
Therefore, the soaring focus of business entities on reducing maintenance and operational costs and the surging requirements for high bandwidth will result in the largescale adoption of structured cabling in the forthcoming years.