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NZ enterprises pave the way for 10 G-bit Ethernet

New Zealand enterprises are futureproofing IT networks to pave the way for 10 Gigabit Ethernet

A new Study has found organisations are turning to UTP cabling that can support 10-Gigabit Ethernet, which is set to become the ubiquitous networking standard

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, June 20, 2005 --- SYSTIMAX® Solutions, the worldwide leader in structured connectivity solutions and services for organizations, has announced the results of a global research study conducted among 2,165 information technology (IT) professionals. The research found that organizations are looking to futureproof their IT networks by adopting new cabling and fibre technology before the standards have been approved to ensure they have the bandwidth they need.

The new SYSTIMAX Solutions research report, entitled Meeting the Network Connectivity Challenge, includes responses from IT professionals from 48 countries, including New Zealand, and shows the increasing importance enterprises are placing on the use of high performance cabling within their networks.

The study found that 56 percent of respondents would install Category 6 copper cabling to prepare for increasing bandwidth needs while 16 percent would opt for the new Augmented Category 6 (Category 6A) cabling. This suggests rapid acceptance of UTP cabling able to support 10 Gb/s even though the standards for this type of cabling are still in development.

"The research findings show that managers worldwide are willing to adopt new cabling technology at an early stage to ensure they have the bandwidth they need," commented Reginald Evans, Director of SYSTIMAX Solutions for the South Pacific region. "Even though development of the new 10 Gb/s Augmented Category 6 standard has just started, one sixth of the network managers who responded indicated that they are ready to install 10 Gb/s copper cabling now."

"IT professionals have learned by experience with existing networks that they must have the best connectivity to realize the full potential of network-intensive applications," Evans continued. "As Gigabit desktop connections become the norm and 10 Gb/s is seen as the coming standard, managers now view high quality cabling as an excellent investment rather than just a necessary cost."

At the other end of the connectivity performance scale, findings suggest that Category 5e cabling is heading for obsolescence with only 17 percent of respondents selecting this option for a new installation.

The research confirms industry expectations that the migration to 10 Gb/s is likely to begin in the data centre and move on to desktop connections. Forty five percent of respondents expect to have 10 Gigabit Ethernet in their data centre horizontal (server connections) within 2 years. Ten percent have already implemented it in their backbone (switch-to-switch connections) and a further 54 percent anticipate they will do so within 2 years.

Outside the data centre, most respondents expect to be running primarily 1 Gb/s (53 percent) or 10 Gb/s (30 percent) over their horizontal cabling within 5 years. In the same time frame, 61 percent expect to be running 10 Gb/s and 26 percent expect to need 40 Gb/s in network backbones.

In the three years since the last SYSTIMAX Solutions report on the global status and direction of LAN connectivity, there has been rapid growth in acceptance of laser optimized multimode fibre as an alternative to traditional multimode and singlemode fibre. The latest findings show that 28 percent of respondents would install it now compared with only four percent who had done so at the time of a similar SYSTIMAX Solutions survey in 2002.

The research also shows that wireless networking is now widely adopted with 78 percent of respondents either using it now or intending to use it in new installations. Eighty one percent of respondents see wireless technology as an overlay or extension to their cabling infrastructure compared with just 14 percent who see it as a replacement for a cabling infrastructure.

While the need for high performance connectivity is widely accepted, the research also found that IT professionals generally lack awareness of advanced cable management solutions and their benefits. Although technical performance and the total life cycle cost of solutions were top priorities most often mentioned by respondents, half of them had not considered using intelligent patching to help manage their networks.

Clearly education about and the subsequent deployment of intelligent infrastructure management could help IT professionals achieve their performance objectives while improving flexibility, deployment of services and management of moves, adds and changes in the network. The SYSTIMAX Solutions Survey shows that past education on the benefits of deployment of high performance cabling is well understood, as shown by the acceptance of new technologies, such as Category 6A, even prior to the publication of standards.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

Research Methodology

IT professionals in 48 countries, including New Zealand, were invited to participate in the survey via a Web portal during March and April 2005. Contributors to the research could view the questions in any of 13 languages. The 2,165 IT and network managers who completed questionnaires were a representative sample of SYSTIMAX Solutions and non-SYSTIMAX Solutions customers.

The respondents came from organizations with between 50 and 10,000+ network users in sectors ranging from Education to Finance, and Government to Media.

About SYSTIMAX Solutions

SYSTIMAX Solutions(tm), a CommScope company (NYSE: CTV), is a worldwide leader in structured cabling systems and provides integrated end-to-end connectivity solutions for voice, data, video and building management applications in both wired and wireless enterprise networks.

SYSTIMAX Solutions supplies its high performance and market-leading range of products through a network of highly skilled Business Partners. The product range includes the copper based GigaSPEED® X10D and GigaSPEED XL Solutions, the fiber-optic LazrSPEEDâ and TeraSPEED(tm) Solutions and the intelligent patching iPatch® System. The SYSTIMAX AirSPEED(tm) Solution adds a wireless option to the portfolio. SYSTIMAX Labs and the people who have spearheaded these innovations will continue to play an integral role in the future success of SYSTIMAX Solutions. Currently the company's Business Partners install an average of over 1,000 miles (1,600km) of SYSTIMAX cable every day in more than 110 countries worldwide. For further information please visit http://www.systimax.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, management's beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see CommScope's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Meeting the Network Connectivity Challenge
A Report on the Global Technology Trends for the Physical Layer of the Enterprise

Overall Key Conclusion
The key conclusion drawn from the research is that the important role of connectivity within the network is now widely recognized and high performance cabling is viewed as a good investment.

Key Findings

The research findings show that managers worldwide are willing to adopt new cabling technology at an early stage to ensure they have the bandwidth they need.
Of the 2,165 total respondents, 56 percent would specify Category 6 copper cabling, and a further 16 percent (1 in 6 respondents) would install cabling conforming to the proposed Augmented Category 6 (Category 6A) standard for 10 Gb/s connections over copper cabling. This shows rapid acceptance of UTP cabling able to support10 Gb/s even though the standards for this type of cabling are still in development.
In our 2002 survey the findings showed that 73 percent of managers surveyed anticipated using 1 Gb/s technology in 5 years. Less than 3 years on this new survey shows that 72 percent would install Category 6 or even Category 6A today in preparing their networks for 1 Gb/s or faster technology.
At the other end of the connectivity performance scale, findings suggest that Category 5e cabling is heading for obsolescence with only 17 percent of respondents selecting this option for a new installation.

The research confirms industry expectations that the migration to 10 Gb/s is likely to begin in the data center and move on to desktop connections.
Forty five percent of respondents expect to have 10 Gigabit Ethernet in their data center horizontal (server connections) within 2 years.
Ten percent have already implemented it in their backbone (switch-to-switch connections) and a further 54 percent anticipate they will do so within 2 years.
To support 10 Gb/s networking, 30 percent of data center managers say they would install Augmented Category 6 cabling, nearly twice the average (16 percent) for all respondents.

Acceptance of new high performance technologies is also evident in fiber cabling preferences.
When selecting fiber cabling 28 percent of respondents would install laser optimized multimode fiber (OM3). This acceptance of OM3 fiber shows a rapid advance over the situation in 2002 when only 4 percent of respondents were using the new fiber technology.
When choosing fiber connectors, 23 percent of respondents would select the LC connector, nearly twice as many as chose any other small form factor connector.
Consistent with the fast take up of 10 Gb/s in the data center space, at 32 percent the proportion of data center managers who would choose OM3 multimode fiber is also higher than average (28 percent).

The research clearly shows that wireless networking is now widely adopted.
Seventy eight percent of respondents are either using wireless now or intending to use it in new installations.
Eighty one percent of respondents see wireless technology as an overlay or extension to their cabling infrastructure compared with just 14 percent who see it as a replacement for a cabling infrastructure.

While the need for high performance connectivity is widely accepted, IT professionals lack awareness of intelligent infrastructure management solutions which could aid them in achieving their performance objectives while improving flexibility, deployment of services and management of moves, adds and changes in the network.
Although Technical Performance and Total Life Cycle Cost were rated by respondents as their top priorities when selecting a cabling solution, half of them had not considered using intelligent patching to help manage their networks.
This was also despite 87 percent saying that cable and patch cord management within racks and cabinets was of high or very high importance.
Over a third (36 percent) of respondents rated their knowledge and understanding of intelligent patching as low.

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