"Until recently, wireless did not provide the performance capability of structured cabling systems (SCS) using copper and fiber cabling," comments Frank Murawski, President of FTM Consulting. "Newer technologies, such as 802.11n have now placed wireless on a par with structured cabling systems' performance."
Future technologies including 802.11ac and 802.11ad will provide further performance improvements, contends the FTM report. In addition, the proliferation of newer mobile devices, such as newer smartphones and tablets, especially the Apple iPad, has placed increasing pressures on enterprises to allow for these devices to be connected to the enterprises' network.
"We view the Apple iPad as a game changer, being universally accepted, in conjunction with enterprises' apps being developed for use within enterprises," added FTM's Murawski.
The full report provides five-year (year-to-year) forecasts to 2016 for all of the SCS products, which include: UTP cables by categories; fiber cables by MM-SM and LOM (laser optimized multimode) segment; copper apparatus including patch panels, connectors and outlets by categories; fiber apparatus by fiber interconnects, connectors and outlets by MM-SM; separate specialized (plug n' play) fiber cable and apparatus forecasts for data centers. All forecasts include both value and volume shipments.
New technology developments covered in the report include: new wireless technologies and Super Wi-Fi; WLAN architectures; Apple's Thunderbolt; Passive Optical Networks (PONs); and Active Optical Cables (AOCs).
Additionally, the report asks the following questions:
-- What do recent wireless developments mean to the structured cabling systems (SCS) suppliers?
-- Will there be a wholesale change out to wireless networks?
-- Will only certain segments of the SCS market be impacted by wireless?
-- What about the sunken investment in the current cabled SCS network?
-- How will new smart phones and tablets, especially the Apple iPad be used in current networks?
-- Will new networks opt for a wireless network?